Confusing Organics

“Naturally” confusing organics

The front panel of a product that says, “100% Organic” and has a green and white USDA Organic seal is somewhere between 95 and 100% organic. If the label says, “Organic” and has the seal, it is at least 70% organic. If the item has less than 70% organic ingredients it must list the ingredients on the side panel and may not say “organic” on the front label. Clear as mud? Here’s the kicker. The Organic label is voluntary. Natural, hormone free and free-range do not mean organic. Oh, yeah…the penalty for labeling a food “organic” when it doesn’t meet USDA standards is a $10,000 fine for each violation. For more confusion visit The National Organic Program site. Bottom line? If you can grow your own, you know exactly what you’re getting.


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Reprinted with permission, Premier Media Group, South Sound Magazine