Thursday, April 10, 2008

Organic foods Sometimes Don't Mean What They Say

This is one of the many places where our government and commercial marketing interests walk hand in hand to the detriment of the consumer. And what 'they' say/print needs to always be suspect.

In my humble opinion, food is either 100% organic or it is not organic at all. Food can not be 95% organic. It's then just food made with some organic ingredients to catch your eye and/or confuse you. Read the rest.......

Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious? - MSN Health & Fitness - Nutrition

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Organic or not? Check the label!!!!!!!!!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled and processed. Any farmer or food manufacturer who labels and sells a product as organic must be USDA certified as meeting these standards. Only producers who sell less than $5,000 a year in organic foods are exempt from this certification.

Products certified 95 percent or more organic display this USDA sticker.



Which does NOT MEAN THE FOOD IS ORGANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If a food bears a USDA Organic label, it means it's produced and processed according to the USDA standards and that at least 95 percent of the food's ingredients are organically produced. The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it.

Products that are completely organic — such as fruits, vegetables, eggs or other single-ingredient foods — are labeled 100 percent organic and can carry a small USDA seal. Foods that have more than one ingredient, such as breakfast cereal, can use the USDA organic seal or the following wording on their package labels, depending on the number of organic ingredients:

100 percent organic. Products that are completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.

Organic. Products that are at least 95 percent organic.

Made with organic ingredients. These are products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The organic seal can't be used on these packages.

Foods containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients can't use the organic seal or the word "organic" on their product label. They can include the organic items in their ingredient list, however.


You may see other terms on food labels, such as "all-natural," "free-range" or "hormone-free." These descriptions may be important to you, but don't confuse them with the term "organic." Only those foods that are grown and processed according to USDA organic standards can be labeled organic.



I think this labeling is deceitful. As I stated above, the 'organic' label does NOT mean the food is organic in my opinion. Again, food is either 100% ORGANIC or not. Having a 95% organic rating just means it has less crap in it.

100% ORGANIC or it's just regular crap. Don't fall for these marketing campaigns to 'reeducate' you to the government and corporate way of thinking. Don't let them dilute REAL FOOD in your mind and in your body.

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