Organic Foods– From the USDA
Organically grown and produced foods can be labeled four ways:
“100% Organic” if they contain entirely organic produced ingredients.
“Organic” if they contain at least 93% organic ingredients.
“Made with organic ingredients” if they contain at least 70% organic ingredients.
“Some Organic ingredients” if the products contain less than 70% organic ingredients.
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.