The Organic Foods Quiz

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

Organic foods that are properly grown and handled should have less exposure to pesticides or herbicides.

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

In the U.S., the organic label doesn't necessarily mean the food has never been treated with poisons meant for bugs or weeds; in some cases the toxins may be much lower, though.

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

Seafood regulations are behind the curve when it comes to the organic revolution.

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

Industrialized farming also creates higher yields for vegetables, such as broccoli.

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

Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers work much more quickly than most organic fertilizers.

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

Organic foods, in general, taste just like their conventional counterparts.

What's a benefit to purchasing organic meat?

Industrialized farms rely heavily on antibiotics, which can eventually lead to resistant bacteria.

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

Modern pesticides penetrate foods and are impossible to totally remove.

Organic foods are healthier for humans.

In cases where the product has fewer pesticides, this may be true; the foods in general are not more nutritious.

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

The government has been slow to accept the organic revolution but is making headway towards educating consumers.

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

You are about a third more likely to encounter these bacteria; buying organic meats often reduces your risk.

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

In some cases, those pesticides might be even more harmful than those used for conventional farming.

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

Your best bet is to ask the vendor … and hope that they tell the truth.

Organic foods generally contain less what?

Producers typically cut way back on preservatives or other additives common in conventional foods.

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

Both foods are subjected to regulations designed to protect the public.

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

Even if the label doesn't specify "grass-fed," organic regulations require that grass be the centerpiece of the animal's diet.

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

It appeared in a book called "Look to the Land," which described a throwback approach to farming.

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

Only foods labeled "100% organic" are mostly organic.

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

And people wonder why organic labeling is so confusing.

Organic wines must NOT have which ingredient?

These are preservatives used to control bacteria, but sulfites cause awful reactions in some people.

What percentage of organically-grown animals receive growth hormones?

Absolutely no growth hormones are allowed for organic meats.

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

So even small-scale growers must pass rigorous USDA standards in order to get the organic label.

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

This goes for both animals and plant seeds.

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

A series of milk scares (which killed a few babies) caused Chinese consumers to embrace the concept of organic milk.

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

Foods labeled as natural do not have to endure the scrutiny of organic foods.

Why do organic foods often cost more than conventional foods?

Organic foods require different chemicals and processes that are currently pricier than conventional farming.

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

In 2014, Americans spent nearly $40 billion on organic food products.

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

So the chickens are cage-free even if the label doesn't spell out that fact for you.

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

Americans expect their regular stores to stock organic products.

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

Following a detailed application process, producers must allow third-party inspectors to evaluate their products.

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About This Quiz

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

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