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Organic Standards

Posted by Nirmala N.

In case you're slightly confused over what "organic" means, here's a little information. The term "organic" is given to products that are grown according to a strict set of standards.

Organic veggies, for instance, must be grown without irradiation (this acts as a preservative for normal veggies) or sewage, which fertilizes plants that are typically grown. Artificial preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are also strict no-no's in organically grown producer.

Organic meat and eggs (and dairy products, for that matter) issue from animals that aren't given antibiotics, growth hormones, or genetically altered and nonorganic foods. The term "free range" comes from the fact that the animals have plenty of outdoor access and lots of rich pastures to graze in. In addition, the animals are kept away from land that's sprayed with chemicals.

When you see a label that says 100% organic, that means it has 100 percent organic ingredients. If something says that it's been made with organic ingredients, that means at least 70% of the ingredients are organic. Technically, if a product goes under the 70% organic line, it can't be labeled organic.

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