You may have seen this USDA organic seal on produce or the packaging of other products in supermarkets and wondered “What does that even mean? Isn’t that just the same stuff I was buying before only it’s over priced now?” Or maybe you’ve been buying organic cause you heard it’s good for you without really know what organic food is supposed to be.
Do you believe in organic food? Got questions about it? Maybe this is a good place to start. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program defines organic food as:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.
Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; or ionizing radiation.
Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.
Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
What do you think of this definition? Do you think because this is what the government says that it’s all alleged?