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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Understanding "ORGANIC" Food Labels

When my husband and I first went shopping for organic / natural foods, we definitely did not know what we were doing. If only we knew what we know now! It can be confusing at times when something on the shelf at a grocery store will say it is Organic... and yet, it does not have perhaps the USDA Organic stamp on the packaging. So... what does that mean?

In order to be a certified organic food producer, USDA requires all American growers or food processors, if labeling their food organic, their products must be all or at least 95% organic in order to use the official USDA organic label.

The food producers may not use the following materials or practices:
  • Toxic Synthetic Pesticides and Fertilizers
  • Sewage Sludge
  • Fresh Manure
  • Irradiation
  • 100% organic
    All ingredients are organic.
  • Organic
    At least 95% of ingredients are organic
  • Made with Organic Ingredients
    At least 70 percent of ingredients are organic
  • Organic label on information panel, but not on front of the packaging
    Less than 70% of ingredients are organic
For more tips on shopping organic foods for yourself and especially your little ones, check out Petit Appetit.

You can also find more helpful label information at From My Motorhome to Yours.


Gramma& Grampa DeVault said...

check out my side bar on labels

from my motorhome to yours said...

we plan on buying solar panels, and keeping them in storage and when we move we will have enough to hopefully live off the grid, or at least part way

Eco-friendly Mommy said...

That will be awesome! We're thinking about having some kind of a solar panel system installed at our new house. You can also get a tax credit for part of the costs. Will be posting about our research soon!

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