The Organic Foods Quiz
by Staff
Non-conventional foods are steadily becoming a normal part of the world's diet. How much do you know about organically-produced foods?

In the United States, what's the biggest benefits to buying organic foods?

  • fewer poisons
  • more nutritious food
  • better selection

Organic products haven't been exposed to pesticides or herbicides.

  • TRUE

How do you ensure that the fish you are eating is organically grown?

  • You can't.
  • call the company
  • check online

Compared to conventional farming, how does the yield for organic farming compare for major cereal crops like corn and wheat?

  • 10 percent higher yield
  • 25 percent lower yield
  • about the same

What chemical do conventional farmers apply to obtain much higher yields from so many crops?

  • nitrogen
  • hydrogen
  • oxygen

Compared to conventionally-grown food, how does organic food taste?

  • worse
  • the same
  • better

What's a benefit to purchasing organic meat?

  • Animals are humanely killed.
  • Animals have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • Animals have fewer prion diseases.

Thoroughly washing conventionally-grown foods essentially makes them organic products.

  • TRUE

Organic foods are healthier for humans.

  • TRUE

In which year did the USDA publicize the phrase, "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food?"

  • 1956
  • 1971
  • 2009

What percentage of industrially-produced pork and chicken may have antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

  • about 10 percent
  • about 30 percent
  • about 50 percent

Pesticides used in organic farming are safer than those used in conventional farming.

  • TRUE
  • It's debatable.

If you shop at a local farmer's market, how do you confirm that a product is organically produced?

  • Ask the farmer.
  • Call the USDA.
  • Look for certification at the stall.

Organic foods generally contain less what?

  • viruses
  • additives
  • minerals

How are the safety requirements for organic foods different from those applied to conventional foods?

  • Organic safety regulations are more stringent.
  • The regulations aren't different.
  • There is more leniency with regards to pesticides.

Organic meat (like beef) means that the animal received most of its food in what form?

  • grass
  • cereal grains
  • liquid supplements

In what year was the term "organic farming" first published?

  • 1940
  • 1910
  • 1982

If a label says "made with organic ingredients," the product must contain what percentage of organic ingredients?

  • at least 50 percent
  • at least 70 percent
  • at least 90 percent

What percentage of "100% organic" foods are allowed to be non-organic?

  • about 2 percent
  • about 5 percent
  • about 7 percent

Organic wines must NOT have which ingredient?

  • Traces of herbicides
  • Sulfites
  • Tannins

What percentage of organically-grown animals receive growth hormones?

  • zero percent
  • 5 percent
  • 10 percent

What dollar amount in sales must producers exceed before their organic products require USDA certification?

  • $5,000
  • S10,000
  • $15,000

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can never be used in organic products.

  • TRUE

Which country is the world's largest market for organic milk?

  • France
  • United States
  • China

Why do many companies resort to a label that says "100% Natural" instead of "100% Organic?"

  • It's easier.
  • Consumers don't care about the differences.
  • The government considers them to be equal.

Why do organic foods often cost more than conventional foods?

  • They require more labor.
  • Pest control products are more expensive.
  • all of the above

What percentage of American West Coast families regularly purchase organic foods?

  • about 25 percent
  • about 50 percent
  • about 90 percent

Organically-labeled chicken means the animals were cage-free.

  • TRUE

What percentage of American shoppers buy their organic foods at conventional food stores?

  • about 80 percent
  • about 50 percent
  • about 40 percent

In order to receive organic labeling, what must producers do?

  • publish their processes online
  • allow inspections
  • bribe local regulators