Food manufacturers are very sneaky when it come to labeling their food. They will try to use certain words to make it seem like their food is 100 percent organic or natural. Many people think that if the food has an organic seal, it is considered 100 percent organic. In reality, most foods in conventional grocery stores are usually not 100 percent organic because they are grown or raised on land that used pesticides, herbicides and other synthetic chemicals.
How to read organic food label:
- 100 Percent Organic: Contain only organically produced ingredients.
- Organic: Contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients and can bear the USDA organic seal.
- Made With Organic: Contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients and can’t bear the USDA organic seal.
- Some Organic Ingredients: Contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients. These foods can’t bear the USDA organic seal. Their organic ingredients can only be listed on the ingredient panel of their food packages.
Natural versus organic:
- Natural: Food manufacturers that used the term “natural” as a label on their food are doing it mostly to help sell their products. Food manufacturers don’t have go through a verification process to use the natural logo on their products. Many food products that have the term natural are usually full of synthetic chemicals that are harmful to the body.
- Organic: Food manufacturers that used the term “organic” as a label on their products are required to go through a verification process. Organic standards required that the land used to grow organic food must be free of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. Also, the food must be free of genetically modified ingredients, organisms, and free of artificial preservatives, and synthetic chemicals. For meat, the source of the meat can only be fed plant diets and no animal by-products.
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