According to a 2016 Consumer Report survey, shoppers are more likely to purchase food labeled as natural over organic. Are you one of those shoppers that selects natural over organic? To be honest at one point in time that used to be me. I had my own definition of natural and assumed the product matched my standards. Sometimes we need a little more information to help us make informed decisions. As we discovered in the previous blog the FDA does not have a clearly defined definition of the word natural. The good news is the United States Department of Agriculture does have guidelines regulating the use of the organic seal.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) enforces the use of the organic seal. Farmers and businesses must follow USDA standards to have their products labeled and sold as certified organic. Farmers and manufacturers of certified organic foods keep organic and non-organic foods separate. They also only use approved pest control materials. Foods with the organic seal do not use synthetic fertilizers, GMO’s, anit-biotics, synthetic growth hormones, or artificial preservatives/flavors/colors.
So it is that simple! Okay, actually it is not. All products with the word organic on the label are not equal. Below is a chart from the USDA to help distinguish the labels you see in the grocery store, so you can be confident in your next purchase!
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