Conventional & Organic Farming

GROCERY

Conventional

As defined by the USDA, conventional types of production commonly include rapid technological innovations; large capital investments; large amounts of crops grown continuously over many seasons; uniform high-yield hybrid crops; use of pesticides, fertilizers, and external energy inputs; high labor efficiency; and dependency on agribusiness.

Organic

Organic agriculture is a unique form of production that also encompasses many conventional 

production  practices.  Fertilizers and pesticides are still used. Organic production methods produce food without the aid of synthetic inputs, such as veterinary drugs. This form of production still utilizes some forms of  genetic engineering.

FACT: There are different levels of organic.

Conventional: Organic

CONVENTIONAL

NO

YES (Organic, Synthetic)

$$

$

Very High

Med-High

 

High

Yes (multiple techniques)

*Element

Harmful to Health

Uses Pesticides, fertilizers, etc

Input Costs

(Seeds, fuel, fertilizer, etc)

Cost to Consumer

Yield Amount

Environmental Impact

Producer Risks

Genetic Reinforcing

*This chart should be used as a general reference. Check the reports section for more details.*

ORGANIC

NO

YES (Organic)

$$$

$$$

Low-Med

Med-High

Very High

Limited Use

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