100% Organic, USDA Certified Organic, All Natural… What do they all mean?

July 24, 2009 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

usda-organicThe Larger Issue

  • If you don’t understand the definitions of each of the terms, you may not end up buying what you are looking for!

Be Part of the Solution

The USDA enforces proper organic production and categorizes the terms in the following manner:

  • Products with the “100% Organic” seal include products with 100% organically produced (raw and processed) ingredients.
  • Products with the “USDA Certified Organics” seal are made with 95% or more organic ingredients.
  • Products “Made with Organic Ingredients” means the product may include as little as 70% organic ingredients.
  • Products made with less than 70% organic ingredients may list the organic ingredients as being organic on the ingredient label.
  • Earth Friendly” products minimize any negative impact on the environment.  Examples include products that are biodegradable, chemical-free, or made of post-consumer recycled waste.
  • All Natural” products are minimally processed and contain no artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives or sweeteners.
  • Vegan” products are made solely from plants.
  • Vegetarian” products are derived from plants.  Examples include vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and nuts.  Vegetarian foods may contain egg, honey or dairy products.

Additional Tips

  • Because of possible contamination from sprayed pesticides, buy organic fruit and vegetables when the skin of the produce is consumed.  In fact the following are the top 10 organic items you should buy:
  1. peaches
  2. apples
  3. bell peppers
  4. celery
  5. nectarines
  6. strawberries
  7. cherries
  8. lettuce
  9. grapes
  10. pears
  • Since onion, banana and orange peels protect the fruit from sprayed pesticides, buying these organic items isn’t as important.



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