Very good article that helps explain some of the confusion and controversy over what’s organic and what’s not -
The USDA’s 2002 organic labeling program codified the movement, setting a series of national standards that regulated organic foods. It set four basic rules for using the word “organic” on foods.
- Foods that are 100% organic can be labeled “100% organic” and bear the “USDA organic” seal.
- Foods that are 95% organic can be labeled “organic” if the remaining 5% of ingredients cannot be found in an organic form. They too can bear the “USDA Organic” seal.
- Foods that are 70% organic can include the phrase “made with organic” to describe those organic ingredients.
- Foods containing less than 70% organic ingredients can have the word “organic” only in their lists of ingredients.
The current controversy centers on the 5% of nonorganic ingredients allowed in foods labeled “organic”.
Click thedailygreen.com to read the full article.