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Organic Labeling on Foods & Beauty Products

Just because a food product or a beauty product is labeled organic, don't assume that it is 100% organic. 

There are three organic categories established by the USDA for labeling organic products. 

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A USDA certified organic product must contain ingredients that have been grown without prohibited pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, anti-biotics, growth hormones, sewage sludge, irradiation and GMOs. 

No Sewage Sludge! I guess that means conventional crops can be grown using sewage sludge? That explains the recalls on romaine lettuce!!! Think about that when you are eating your non organic salad. 

But here's the thing, the amounts of the organic ingredients used in the organic product may vary. That's where the three categories come into play.

Understanding Organic Labeling for Food and Beauty Products

100% organic means the product contains only organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).

Organic means the product must contain 95-99% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).

Made with organic ingredients means the product must contain 70% organically produced ingredients.

A product made with less than 70% organically produced ingredients cannot use the term organic on the label.

Organic produce is the better choice, but it can get expensive. Some foods tend to be "dirtier" than others therefore, it is better to buy the foods on the list organic. 

The following fruits and veggies are list as "dirty" because they have a high level of pesticide on them:

Apples,  Bell Peppers,  Carrots,  Celery,  Cherry Tomatoes,  Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Grapes, Hot Peppers, Kale, Nectarines,  Peaches,  Pears,  Potatoes,  Snap Peas, Spinach,  Strawberries 

They say, foods with thick skins that we peel, like bananas, are okay to buy non organic. We can same a little money that way. There is also a list of the Clean Fifteen. 

You can bet I'm looking for the 100% organic label on my foods. 

I still can't get passed the sewage sludge!
Go Organic! 

Click here for USDA organic agriculture info.

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