What does organic mean?
Organic means that food products have not been grown using pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or a host of other methods including bioengineering (this includes growth hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms) as well as radiation (including ionizing radiation). Here is a list of facts that help define if a product is actually organic
- Animals have not been treated with: antibiotics, growth hormones, or feed made from animal byproducts.
- Animals must have been fed organic feed for at least a year.
- Animals must have access to the outdoors.
- Food hasn’t been genetically modified or irradiated.
- Fertilizer does not contain sewage sludge or synthetic ingredients.
- Produce hasn’t been contaminated with synthetic chemicals used as pesticide
What does the label mean on an organic product?
A label is the display of written, printed, or graphic matter upon the immediate container (not including package liners) of any food product. Here is a list of facts that help define the label of organic products:
- 100% Organic: Product must contain 100 percent organic ingredients.
- Organic: At least 95 percent of ingredients are organically produced.
- Made with Organic Ingredients: At least 70 percent of ingredients are organic. The remaining 30 percent must come from the USDA’s approved list.
- Free-range or Free-roaming: Misleading term applied to chicken, eggs and other meat. The animal did not necessarily spend a good portion of its life outdoors. The rule states only that outdoor access be made available for an undetermined period each day. U.S. government standards are weak in this area.
- Natural or All Natural: Does not mean organic. There is no standard definition for this term except with meat and poultry products. (USDA defines natural as not containing any artificial flavoring, colors, chemical preservatives, or synthetic ingredients). The claim is not verified. The producer or manufacturer alone decides whether to use it.