Hungry For Truth: Conventional Vs. Organic Farming

There are a lot of questions and ideas swirling around these days about farming practices, whether organic or conventional. Hungry for Truth aims to answer those questions and quell your fears about your food.

Soybean farmer Jerry Schmitz, who is also part of the South Dakota Soybean Association, says he hears questions all the time about how our food is produced, especially about what certain terms mean. He says when you see the term “natural” on a product, you should know that term is not defined– the food could be either organic or conventional.

Schmitz adds that organic farmers have to follow specific rules on their farms just like conventional farmers do. Organic farms have to farm organically for three years before being certified and are allowed to sell their products as “organic.” There are also certain pesticides organic farmers are allowed to use, typically a non-synthetic pesticide. Conventional farmers can use more types of pesticides, but the pesticides still have to be approved by the federal government.

Schmitz says there are guidelines for all farmers on what products they can use as pesticides and herbicides, and they have to know how to use it as well. Aside from that, after the food is harvested, it needs to be checked and approved before it can be sold in stores.

For more information about farming practices, visit Hungry for Truth’s website here.