What’s the difference between food labeled organic and food labeled natural? The term natural is very loosely defined by the FDA and can encompass a wide swath of products, whereas Certified-Organic is a strictly defined and enforced standard.
In addition to those listed on the chart, there are other important advantages of organic. For example, with conventional (non-organic) farming, local waterways get polluted with run-off containing pesticides, herbicides, petroleum based chemical fertilizers and animal waste. Pesticides/herbicides also deplete the health of the soil. So conventional farms add increasingly more fertilizer to make up for it. Organic farms do not use pesticides, herbicides nor artificial fertilizers and their methods nourish and enhance the health of the soil.
We call it organic, our grandparents ate the same way, but at that time (before industrial farming) it was called food.