The difference between Organic and Veganic Farming is often misunderstood. The terms “organic” and “veganic” are often used interchangeably, even though they are quite different.
Food may be Veganic but not Organic.
Food may also be Organic but not Veganic.
Food may be both Organic and Veganic.
What exactly is the difference between Organic and Veganic Food and how it is grown?
Organic means without the use of synthetic chemicals and GMO, but will usually include animal products or by-products.
Veganic means without the use of animals or animal by-products, but might include synthetic fertilizers and GMO.
Veganic and Organic means without the use of animal products and without the use of any synthetic chemicals and GMO.
Because organic agriculture is not allowed to use synthetic chemicals for fertilization, it frequently relies heavily on farmed animal inputs such as manures, bone meal, blood meal, feather meal and fish emulsion.
Organic designation by itself does not signify the absence of animal by-products, only the absence of synthetic chemicals and GMO.
Notice that Organic designation doesn’t signify the absence of all chemicals, only specific chemicals designated as synthetic.
Veganic agriculture eliminates farmed animal inputs, and instead relies only on plant-based inputs for improving soil fertility such as such as mulch, vegetable compost, green manure, chipped branched wood, crop rotation, polyculture, and other techniques that are sustainable and do not rely on the exploitation of animals.
Veganic designation by itself does not signify the absence of synthetic chemicals, only the absence of animal by-products.