7 Definitions of Organic
John Spacey, updated on July 26, 2023
The term organic describes things as being natural or as relating to nature. The following are a few common uses of the term.
Food & ProductsFood and products that are completely natural. For example, produced in a way that doesn't use synthetic chemicals, genetically modified organisms or artificial ingredients.
Organic FarmingFarming that produces organic food. This generally means that no synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms are used in processes related to food production such as pest control, fertilization, soil rotation and food processing.
Shape & FormA shape or form that looks as if it is natural in origin. Typically used to describe shapes and forms that give the impression that they were drawn by hand.
DesignOrganic design is the use of organic shapes and forms in design. Not to be confused with sustainable design.
ArchitectureOrganic architecture is the design of buildings and structures to use natural materials and principles with the goal of producing buildings that complement green space much like an element of a garden.
Organic GrowthOrganic growth is an expansion in business activities such as improved revenue that a company achieves internally. Acquisitions and mergers are considered inorganic.
Organic ChemistryChemistry related to chemicals that contain carbon atoms. Such chemicals are not necessarily natural occurring.
NotesThe term organic is defined by the laws and regulations of nations. As such, products typically can't use terms such as "100% Organic" unless they are certified to comply with applicable laws.Next: Waste is Food
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