Organic Standards

Here is a brief list of the USDA's Organic Standards.

  • No toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides

  • No sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers

  • No GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

  • No antibiotics

  • No synthetic growth hormones

  • No irradiation

 

Organic Body Care Standards

There are no mandatory government standards for "organic" label claims on body care products.

 

Organic Labeling

Product labels are always confusing and difficult to decipher. To be sure that labels are representative of what it is that you are looking for we have put together this list to help.

  • [100% Organic] Products listed as 100% organic must contain only organically produced materials (excluding salt and water).

  • [100% Organic, Organic, and/or Made with Organic Ingredients] If product is 100% organic or listed as organic, the packaging must include the name of the certifying agency/agent. It is not required that these products carry the USDA "organic" seal.

  • [Organic] Product listed as organic must be made with a minimum of 95% organically produced ingredients. However, the remainder must consist of non-agricultural substances approved on the USDA's National List of non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form.

  • [Organic] Products labeled organic may include the percentage of the organic product's ingredients.

  • [Made with Organic Ingredients] To state that the product is "made with organic ingredients" it must contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients. However, the remainder must consist of non-agricultural substances approved on the USDA's National List of non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form.

  • [Made with Organic Ingredients] To Products may display the statement "Made with Organic Ingredients" and then list up to three of the product's organic ingredients or types of food. (For example: "Made with organic carrots, tomatoes, and peppers.") The label may also state the percentage of the organic ingredients.

 

Organic Food FAQ

Are some foods more important to buy organic? Non-GMO? Why should you eat organic? We've put together the following questions and answers based on our customers' questions and concerns.

What does organic mean?

Organic products are grown in environmentally friendly ways. Toxic or persistent pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are prohibited. There is a focus on renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality. The label “organic" denotes products produced under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Organic Rule. And, according to the USDA, “The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.

Are organic foods healthier?

As research grows there is an indication that certain nutrients are higher in organic crops.The application of potentially harmful, long-lasting pesticides and fertilizers are not allowed in organic agriculture. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 90% of all fungicides, 60% of all herbicides, and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer-causing.

How does organic relate to the environment?

Organic farming standards do not allow for the use of environmentally harmful chemicals that can contaminate the groundwater. Many types of crops and livestock are more like to be raised organically which assists in keeping the gene pool for food products diversified.