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ORGANIC - What exactly does that mean?

Organic – Means What?

Product Labels


What the label means

"100% Organic"



Must contain only organically produced ingredients;

It must also be grown and processed using organic farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity. Crops must be grown without synthetic pesticides, bio-engineered genes, petroleum-based or sewage sludge-based fertilizers, and livestock cannot be given growth hormones.

Cannot: be irradiated, contain preservatives or flavor enhancing chemicals, traces of heavy metals, or other   contaminants in excess of tolerances set by the FDA.

"Certified Organic"

Must contain at least 95% organic ingredients

"Made with Organic Ingredients"

Can contain anywhere between 70-95% organic ingredients. i.e. up to 30% of ingredients may still contain pesticides, GMOs, added hormones etc.

The only meaningful organic label states “USDA Certified Organic”

Produce bearing this seal means that it has been grown to meet strict standards

Organic crops must be grown without:

✔ Synthetic pesticides

✔ Bioengineered genes

✔ Petroleum-based fertilizers

✔ Sewage sludge-based fertilizers

Organic products cannot:

✔ Be irradiated

✔ Contain preservatives or flavor-enhancing chemicals (E.g. MSG)

✔ Contain traces of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of FDA-defined tolerances

✔ Contain pesticide residues exceeding 5% of maximum EPA pesticide tolerance

Organic crops must be grown / processed using farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity

Organic meat must be from livestock that had access to the outdoors and was not given antibiotics or growth hormones

For a complete list of allowed/prohibited substances under the USDA organic label:

The National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances

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