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Organic is an identifier used for any compound that contains a carbon molecule bonded with a hydrogen molecule.[1] Compounds without a carbon and hydrogen bond are identified as inorganic. Initially only living organisms could directly create these types of compounds; however, starting with urea in 1825, some organic compounds can now be synthesized. All organic compounds can be categorized in one of four classes based on its properties: lipid, carbohydrate, protein, and nucleic acid.[2]

The term organic is also loosely used to convey that a product is pure or natural. It is separate from organic certifications, such as USDA Organic, or the concept of beyond organic.