Organics 101: Questions About Organic and Conventional Foods Answered

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Curious about what the term “organic” really means? You’re not alone. As organic foods become increasingly prevalent on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus, many want to learn more about how farmers grow these products, but sometimes it’s hard to sift through the myths and misinformation and uncover the truth.

Fortunately for you, we’ve done the hard work, answering five common questions about organic foods and growing practices as well as organic certification processes. Read on for our answers and prepare to expand your knowledge base. Chances are, you’re going to learn something new.

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Are non-GMO products also organic?

Not necessarily. While the use of GMOs is prohibited in organic products – which means an organic farmer cannot plant GMO seeds, and an organic cow cannot eat GMO alfalfa or corn – non-GMO products do not have to be certified organic.

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  1. Kelly Chaplin

    July 16, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I would like to save this article but I can’t seem to find a way to download it. I am a farm bureau member. Maybe there is something I’m missing.


    P.S. Please don’t share my personal info.

    • Jessy Yancey

      September 13, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Hi Kelly, if you’re interested in a PDF of the article, please email us at Thanks!

      Jessy Yancey
      editor, Illinois Partners

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