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Organic Food Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Free fun interesting long printable organic food trivia quiz questions with answers.

 

Organic Food Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

What is organic food?
A: Organic food is food produced by methods that comply with the standards of organic farming.

Standards vary worldwide, but organic farming, in general, features practices that do what?
A: Cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

Organizations regulating organic products may restrict the use of certain “what” in the farming methods used to produce such products?
A: Pesticides and fertilizers.

In general, organic foods are also usually not processed using what?
A: Irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.

In the 21st century, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market their food as what?
A: Organic within their borders.

In the context of these regulations, organic food is produced in a way that complies with the organic standards set by whom?
A: Regional organizations, national governments, and/or international organizations.

Although the produce of kitchen gardens may actually be organic, selling food with an organic label is regulated by governmental food safety authorities, such as whom?
A: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) or European Commission (EC).

 
From an environmental perspective, fertilizing, overproduction, and the use of pesticides in conventional farming may affect local what?
A: Ecosystems, biodiversity, groundwater, and drinking water supplies.

However, the outcome of farming organically may have uncertain what?
A: Benefits.

From the perspective of the consumer, there is not sufficient evidence in the scientific and medical literature to support claims that organic food is what?
A: Either safer or healthier to eat than conventional food.

Claims that "organic food tastes better" are generally not supported by what?
A: Tests.

For the vast majority of its history, agriculture can be described as having been what?
A: Organic; only during the 20th century was a large supply of new products, generally deemed not organic, introduced into food production.

The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to what?
A: The industrialization of agriculture.

In 1939, Lord Northbourne coined what term in his book Look to the Land (1940)?
A: Organic farming.

 
Early soil scientists described the differences in soil composition when animal manures were used as "organic", because they contain what?
A: Carbon compounds where superphosphates and haber process nitrogen do not.

Their respective use affects what?
A: The humus content of soil.

This is different from the scientific use of the term "organic" in chemistry, which refers to what?
A: A class of molecules that contain carbon, especially those involved in the chemistry of life.

Properly used in this agricultural science context, "organic" refers to what?
A: The methods grown and processed, not necessarily the chemical composition of the food.

When did ideas that organic food could be healthier and better for the environment originate?
A: In the early days of the organic movement as a result of publications like the 1943 book The Living Soil and Farming and Gardening for Health or Disease (1945).

When did organic gardening reach a modest level of popularity in the United States?
A: In the 1950s.

In the 1960s, environmentalists and the counterculture championed organic food, but it was only in the 1970s that what happened?
A: A national marketplace for organic foods developed.

 
In September 2009 "Know your farmer, know your food" became the motto of a new initiative instituted by whom?
A: The USDA.

Personal definitions of what constituted "organic" were developed through firsthand experience by doing what?
A: By talking to farmers, seeing farm conditions, and farming activities.

Small specialty health food stores and co-operatives were instrumental to bringing organic food to what?
A: A wider audience.

As demand for organic foods continued to increase, high volume sales through mass outlets such as supermarkets rapidly replaced what?
A: The direct farmer connection.

Today, many large corporate farms have a what?
A: An organic division.
However, for supermarket consumers, food production is not easily observable, and so what is relied upon?
A: Product labeling, like "certified organic,”.

Who are looked to for assurance?
A: Government regulations and third-party inspectors.

 
In the 1970s, interest in organic food grew with the publication of what book?
A: Silent Spring and the rise of the environmental movement.

The National Organic Program (run by the USDA) is in charge of the legal definition of what?
A: Organic in the United States and does organic certification.

Processed organic food usually contains only what type of ingredients?
A: Organic.

If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's total plant and animal ingredients must be what?
A: Organic (95% in the United States, Canada, and Australia).

Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial what?
A: Food additives, and are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions, such as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients.

Pesticides are allowed as long as they are not what?
A: Synthetic.

Claims related to pesticide residue of increased risk of infertility or lower sperm counts have not been supported by what?
A: By the evidence in the medical literature.

 
The 2011 Germany E. coli outbreak was blamed on what?
A: Organic farming of bean sprouts.

Organic agriculture has higher potential costs due to what?
A: Lower yields, higher labor costs, and higher consumer prices.

Demand for organic foods is primarily driven by concerns for what?
A: Personal health and for the environment.

As of October 2014, Trader Joe's is a market leader of what?
A: Organic grocery stores in the United States.

In 2012 the total size of the organic food market in the United States was about how much?
A: $30 billion (out of the total market for organic and natural consumer products being about $81 billion)

Organic food sales have grown by 17 to 20 percent a year in the early 2000s while sales of conventional food have grown only how much?
A: About 2 to 3 percent a year.

The US organic market grew how much in 2011?
A: 9.5%, breaking the $30bn barrier for the first time, and continued to outpace sales of non-organic food.

In 2003 organic products were available in how many natural food stores?
A: Nearly 20,000.

 
Organic products accounted for what percentage of total food and beverage sales?
A: 3.7%, and 11.4% of all fruit and vegetable sales in the year 2009.

As of 2003, two thirds of organic milk and cream and half of organic cheese and yogurt are sold through what?
A: Conventional supermarkets.

As of 2012, most independent organic food processors in the USA had been acquired by what?
A: Multinational firms.

In order for a product to become USDA organic certified, the farmer cannot plant what?
A: Genetically modified seeds and livestock cannot eat genetically modified plants.

Organic food sales surpassed how much money in 2006?
A: $1 billion, accounting for 0.9% of food sales in Canada.

By 2012, Canadian organic food sales reached how much?
A: $3 billion.

Organic food sales by grocery stores were how much higher in 2006 than in 2005?
A: 28%.

British Columbians account for 13% of the Canadian population, but purchased what percentage of the organic food sold in Canada in 2006?
A: 26%.