Very good and pertinent question. But do know, you can rest assured, that when a product states that it is 100% Organic, that it does NOT contain GMO or GE products. So the guessing is over…or mostly over.
Truth is, clear labeling was not always a reality, and it is even challenged today. But now, because of stringent rules, sustained grass-root pressure, and consumer demand for organic products, you can know that, whether it’s produced in the United States or imported, the foods are produced without antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, irradiation or bioengineering if it’s USDA approved organic.
On top of the benefit health wise, organic farmers are also required to adhere to certain soil and water conservation methods and must stick to rules regarding the humane treatment of animals. Know for sure how “Organic” your food is by recognizing these labels below.
- Products labeled 100 % organic are completely organic or made of all organic ingredients
- Products labeled Organic are products that are at least 95 percent organic.
- Products Made with organic ingredients are products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. Important! The organic seal cannot be used on these packages.
While foods containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients can’t use the organic seal or the word “organic” on their product label, they can include the organic items in their ingredient list. Other terms that you may see at the grocery store are “all-natural,” “free-range” or “hormone-free.” These descriptions may be important to you, but don’t confuse them with the term “organic.” Only foods that are grown and processed according to USDA organic standards can be labeled organic. Keep your eyes open to spot the truth.