02 May '14, 10am

What USDA 'organic' food is...and what it isn't

What USDA 'organic' food is...and what it isn't

When you look at the green-and-white USDA organic label attached to an apple or a box of cookies, what do you think it means? No toxic or artificial pesticides used to produce the food? No antibiotics used to make it? That is what the majority of us think, according to a new Consumer Reports survey , but it's not exactly what we get, at least it's not exactly what U.S. shoppers get. If the product labels says "100% Organic" than all the ingredients must be organic. If, on the other hand, the product says "Certified Organic" or has the familiar USDA organic label, than only 95% of the ingredients must be organic. © Paul Swansen The other 5% of the product ingredients need to come from an approved list of additives and ingredients. That 'approved list' (and also, the 'not approved' list) is something that the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has traditionally been in ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/what-organic-food-is...

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