What Are Organic Foods

What Are Organic Foods

Food marketing is big business. Organic foods have grown exponentially the last few years and it shows no sign of slowing. What Are Organic Foods? And what about all those other claims in the food industry like “Free Range”, “All Natural”, “No Antibiotics”, “No Hormones”, and “Cage Free”. What do they actually mean? And what should you look for?

Organic Foods are free from pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones, and were fed 100% organic feed. The USDA organic seal also verifies that the producers have met animal health and welfare standards like letting animals graze on pasture, and have access to the outdoors.

There are variations to the Organic Seal including “100% Organic” (All ingredients are Organic); “Organic” (95% Organic); and “Made With Organic” (at least 70% Organic).

Don’t be fooled by terms like “Beyond Organic” or “Better Than Organic”. They mean nothing.

More Labels:

1.Grass-Fed– Used for mostly cattle or sheep that were fed only mothers milk and grazed on hay, grass or other greens. They must have access to pastures during the growing season but this DOES NOT limit the use of antibiotics, pesticides, or hormones. “Grass Finished” and “Green Fed” are unregulated terms.

2.Free-Range– Addresses poultry flock that was provided shelter and unlimited access to food, fresh water, and outdoor access. But the size of the outdoor area is not specified. Beware that “Free Roaming” is not a regulated term

3.Cage-Free– Birds could roam freely in an indoor area with access to food and water during the growing season. There is no standard including outdoor access and are often very crowded conditions.

With all of these confusing terms, it can be confusing trying to navigate the supermarket and choosing Organic Foods. I hope this article helps. When in doubt “Buy Organic”!

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