Organic refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products. Practices vary worldwide; however, organic foods are generally grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilisers or routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones. The organic food production system strives for minimal disruption of the natural equilibrium while ensuring the production of high-quality food.
To ensure that organic farmers and processors produce or process foods in accordance with organic legislation, designated control bodies and authorities certify and inspect each organic practitioner. Compliant produce is required to carry the EU organic logo.