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CONVENTIONAL VS. ORGANIC: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?


“How do we change the world? Eat healthier and invest in what we eat.”


DAVE MILLER (BS ’75), LEFT, WITH BUSINESS PARTNER AND LONGTIME FRIEND STEPHEN RIVARD (BS ’75, MD ’79)


CONVENTIONAL FARMING Apply chemical fertilizers


To promote plant growth and feed the soil


Spray synthetic insecticides Use synthetic herbicides


Provide antibiotics, growth hormones, and medication


To reduce pests ORGANIC FARMING


Apply natural fertilizers (manure or compost)


Spray natural pesticides and em- ploy beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption, or traps


To manage weeds


Rotate crops, till, hand-weed, spread mulch, or use environmen- tally generated compounds


To minimize disease, spur growth in animals


Use preventive measures (rotational grazing, balanced diet, and clean housing)


SOURCE: MAYOCLINIC.ORG


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