Organic suppliers are food producers that do not use synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds. While organic foods are not necessarily completely chemical free, they must meet certain levels of chemical use that are significantly lower than those used by farmers that use current farming techniques.
Animals that are used for food can also be classed as organically raised when they are treated humanely and with respect. For example, where animals such as pigs and chickens are not held in small cages or in feed lots and are not subject to growth-controlling drugs, steroids, hormones and so on.
An organic supplier will demonstrate that the food they provide meets organic standards through certification bodies that ensure that standards such as the above have been met.
Organic food is becoming more sought after by consumers with demand rising by about 20 to 30 percent a year.