Organic foods should have the following characteristics -<quoted text>
In the US, certified organic includes nonGM, as well as a host of sustainable farming practices (i.e. its not just pesticide-free).
Heirloom produce is another frontier here as well. As well as locally grown (which may or may not be organic). There is an entire foodie movement with people called locovores.
2) Pesticide free
3) Soils should be well aerated and enriched using compost/cow dung/vermiculture.
4) Plants should be non-hybrid types unless cross pollination with compatible organic/natural types takes place.
5) Sowing/watering/composting/har vesting operations should be done manually using locally available labor.
6) Produce should be stored in containers made of organic/natural materials like clay/mud, straw, leaves, jute, bamboo, wood, etc, and organic preservatives like the leaves of neem and tulsi or turmeric pods, etc, should be placed in the containers with the produce/grains.
7) Farms should be irrigated using seasonal rainwater or using well water/ground water drawn from from the organic field itself that has been tested for contaminants.
8) Plants may subjected to soulful strains of instrumental/vocal classical music with proven therapeutic/mood uplifting effects.
The specialty stores that I frequent here stock local organic produce as well as food stuffs from the best organic farms from around the world.
In many ways, I find the local organic produce superior in taste, feel, appearance, texture and health-giving properties than the foreign organic foods.
Besides, I find the local animal breeds like cows, goats, etc more benign, more natural, more soothing to look at and their milk better tasting and more beneficial than the animals and dairy that I have seen and tasted abroad and which are available in the specialty stores here.
Is it that the vibes of a place, its ancient culture based on sublime mind-matter teachings and the aura of the people who handle the stuff serve as contributing factors in making me notice these stark differences between local produce, local animals and local dairy and their foreign counterparts?- I think so.
I prefer staying and eating food at a simple villagers house than in any of the 5 star hotels in India and abroad - many villagers here use organic principles a lot in their every day life and they mostly live in lush green surroundings in clean houses where the emphasis is on soothing traditions, hygiene, respect for elders, eugenic practices sans incest/inbreeding/hypogamy, and loving and harmonious family atmosphere where divorce, pre-marital/extra-marital sex and provocative dressing are shunned. They make use of very little plastic and use a lot of traditional materials like earthen/copper jars to store water, bronze plates for eating, bio-gas for cooking, etc.
These fundamental differences are very clear to my consciousness.