Great article from The Daily Green on clarifying what the USDA approach to ‘organic’ foods includes – 
The Department of Agriculture has proposed 38 ingredients that could be put in “USDA organic”-labeled foods even though they are not grown organically. Here is the list of ingredients, where they come from, what foods they can be found in, who petitioned for their inclusion on the list and why. For those ingredients that the Organic Consumers Association specifically is trying to have removed from the list, we have also included the group’s rationale. The Organic Trade Association supports the list in its entirety, and will make no comments about the validity of individual items on the list.

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