What Does Organic actually Mean?

Organic Foods

  • What does any label that says “organic” mean? What are the criteria for organic certification?

USDA rules for qualifying as organic. 


  • Must be grown in soils not treated with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides for at least three years
  • Cannot be fertilized with sewer sludge
  • Cannot be treated with radiation
  • Cannot be grown from genetically modified seeds or contain genetic modified ingredients


  • Cannot be raised in “factory-like” confinement conditions
  • Cannot be given antibiotics or hormones to prevent disease or promote growth.
  • Must be given feed products that are 100% organic.

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