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What does organic mean?

Organic refers to how the food was grown or raised.

In general, organic means that the food has been grown or raised without the use of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, bioengineering, or irradiation. Similarly, only antibiotic-free or growth hormone-free animals can be used to produce organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy foods.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

The term organic written on a food label has legal label definitions and may bear the USDA organic symbol. There are three different levels of organic labeled products.

  • 100% organic: contains only organically produced ingredients
  • Organic: must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients
  • Made with Organic ingredients: contain at least 70% organic ingredients

Keep in mind a food product labeled organic does not indicate more healthful or that it contains more nutrients.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.