What is Organic?

You’ve probably heard that “organic” is all about tasty, healthy, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients, but what does the labeling mean? Very simply, the world “organic” means a food must meet specific USDA guidelines and be certified by accredited independent inspectors.

  • Products labeled as “100 percent organic” must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients and processing aids.
  • Products labeled “organic” must consist of at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients.
  • Products labeled “made with organic ingredients” must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The USDA seal cannot be used anywhere on the package.

“Natural” or “All-natural” labeling does not mean a product is organic. The USDA does not have standards for these terms except when they apply to meat and poultry; and those products cannot contain any artificial flavorings, colors, chemical preservatives or synthetic ingredients.

Now that you know the facts, start experiencing the wonderful flavors of organic foods. You’ll think you’re right back in grandma’s garden!