Organic Food Glossary and Natural Food Terms


Using this Organic Food Glossary will help you eat healthier foods,which include Organic Foods and Natrual Foods, but do we know the the meaning of all of the different terms used when describing these types of foods? I definitely don't and decided to put this short but growing Organic and Natural Food Glossary together.

Hopefully, this will help you with your food shopping and help you stock your pantry.

Certified Naturally Grown

Is a non-profit alternate certification program created for small-scale organic farmers, and striving to strengthen the organic movement by preserving high organic standards and removing financial barriers that tend to exclude smaller farms that are selling locally and directly to their customers.

Certified Organic (as opposed to Certified Naturally Grown)

A grower must keep detailed records of planting, cultivation, fertilization, harvest, and storage, and must pay for both organization membership and periodic inspection. This process works well for large-scale commercial growers, but becomes onerous for small mixed-agriculture farms. Since only certified seeds may be used, the varieties available to be grown are limited, and sustainable practices such as seed-saving is not permitted, unless the farmer also applies to be certified as a seed supplier.

Chemical Free:

Crops (including produce and animal feed) grown entirely without the use of chemicals.

Conventional Agriculture:

A resource intensive agricultrual system,relying heavily on machinery and chemicals to raise crops and livestock.

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Animals that have been raised for all of their lives in systems where they may freely move about in an unretrained manner.


Animals that have been raised entirely on grass and are fed little or no grain. This term applies specifically to ruminant animals like cows that are meant to eat grass.

Hormone and Antibiotic Free:

Animals that have been raised without the use of growth hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics.

Organic Farming:

Is a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms.

Organic Foods

Are produced according to certain production standards, meaning they are grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives

Livestock are reared without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones. In most countries, organic produce must not be genetically modified.


Animals that have never been confined to feedlot or feeding floor and have had continuous and unconfined access to pasture throughout their lives.

Sustainable Agriculture:

A holistic method of agricultural production and distribution that strives to be ecologically sound,economically viable, and socially just for present and future generations.

Value-Added Products:

Farm products that have been processed in some way such as jam,jelly,pickles and pies.

We hope that this Organic Food Glossary will help you develop safe and health food eating habits.