Organic: It's Worth It! ***Must Read***
Organic 101: Understanding the Organic Label
Part of being an informed consumer is knowing what different product labels mean. Did you know, for example, that when the USDA organic label appears on a product, that product, by law, must have been grown and processed without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, GMOs, and artificial ingredients? Or how about this: did you know that in order to be certified organic, produce must be grown in soil that has not been treated with prohibited substances for three years prior to harvest, or that organic meat must be made from animals that have had access to the outdoors and been fed 100% organic feed? Learn more about the unique features of products carrying the USDA organic label, and understand why more and more consumers are choosing to make organic products a part of their lives.
Organic vs. Natural: Why These Two Terms Are Not the Same
It’s easy to confuse organic products with ones labeled “natural.” They often appear in the same section of the grocery store, and sometimes even on the same product package. So how can you tell the difference between them? The key is to arm yourself with information. By law, organic products must be grown and processed according to strict government standards. Plus, the operations that produce and process them are subject to rigorous announced - and unannounced - certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that the organic integrity of the products is preserved and protected from the farm to your family. “Natural” products come with no such assurances. In fact, neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has rules or regulations for products labeled "natural." So, the next time you find yourself faced with the choice between organic products and “natural” ones, remember: only organic products come with a government-backed promise that they have been made in a transparent manner you and your family can trust.
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