There is no substantially good scientific reason not to carefully use chemical fertilizers to grow crops, or not to use the (admittedly few) very safe herbicides.
world has not identified and promoted methods that grow foods that are
substantially as would be found in nature - without residues, wholesome
and good. The building up of organic matter in the soil, or it's
is entirely outside the issue of what natural food is. One day, a
food' standard may be drafted. Maybe.
Until such time, 'organic' food becomes the known standard.
'Organic food' is food raised (depending on the definition-there are many of them) without chemical fertilizers (such as urea, potassium sulfate, or super phosphate) or chemical pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.
It allows 'natural' metal fungicides such as copper sulfate and sulfur, but no other chemicals.
Weed control is primarily by flame thrower and by digging, ploughing, and hoeing.
Many animal and plant foods are difficult to produce without appropriate herbicides, pesticides, worm medecines, louse eradicants, vaccines against disease, and chemical fertilisers. 'Organic' production methods are generally not as suited to mass food production. As a result, organic food is usually more expensive. Indeed, it may be seen as a luxury food, and is usually priced accordingly.
There is also a strong 'moral', 'principled', and in some cases extremely tightly held almost quasi-religious belief set that accompanies promotion of organic as the only 'right' way.
As stated, because of the rigor of the allowable methods-especially when overseen by licensed bodies-'organic' food has become the de facto standard for 'natural' food.
Perhaps one day 'organic' food may be put in what I believe is it's proper place - subsumed as a variant of the broad category 'natural food'. And when we consumers vote with our wallets for 'natural food', we are more likely to eventually get what we want - affordable safe, wholesome, food.
Not 'safe' as decided by government agencies testing chemicals on
and rabbits (rodents), but 'safe' as decided by people (primates).
chemicals cannot be tested on people we, the consumers must insist on
kind of production methods that we will accept. More subtle long
term effects of chemical use can never be
determined in a world awash with chemicals of all kinds; we therefore
to insist on a 'tiered food supply'
that we have choice.
A brief report on a minimal and least dangerous spray regime for stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, apricots) pioneered in New Zealands Hawkes Bay Province.
When is 'organic' 'natural'? Growers experience with the proliferating certification schemes in USA.