Organic Food Label Breakdown

If you’ve shopped at a Whole Foods or any grocery store for that matter you have probably noticed there are a lot of items labeled “Organic”, “100% Organic”, or “made from some organic ingredients”.  Well what exactly does that mean?  Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical good additives.

I have come to learn that the front of the food package tells us very little about what ingredients are actually in the prepared food.  The front of the package is merely the “movie trailer” while the back of the package tells the whole story.  Until you read the ingredient list, you are never really sure about what that prepackaged food is.

Foods that have 95 percent or more organic ingredients are eligible to carry the USDA organic seal.

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Foods labeled as “100 percent organic” contain 100 percent organic ingredients.

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Foods labeled as “organic” contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients, and foods labeled as “made with organic ingredients” have at least 70 percent of their composition coming from organic ingredients, according to The National Organic Program.Image

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