Yes, there is. The U.S. Department of Agriculture certifies organic foods, and as long as the food is at least 95% organic, it gets to display this label on the front of its packaging:
If the food is 100% organic, then the USDA allows it to display 100% organic on the front of the package.
Hope this helps!
The article mentioned above is out-dated 🙁
The problem is that labeling something “organic” these days doesn’t take as much work as you’d hope.
In 2004 the USDA made large-scale, universal changes to the National Organic Program (NOP) including but not limited to: livestock could eat non-organic food even if it contained toxins or synthetic preservatives, cows and calves could be given growth hormones and antibiotics, yet the final product from these animals was still eligible for “Organic” labeling.
Even produce wasn’t safe from the changes, “The new pesticide rule allows the use of some pesticides that contain unidentified inert ingredients if a ‘reasonable effort’ has been made to identify them. Before, the ingredients had to be approved before use.”
In short, as consumers we can’t rely on stores to get us organic food. We must find it ourselves. The best way to ensure you’re getting REAL organic food is grow your own or check for organic labeling that has been certified by a 3rd party other then the USDA.
Companies like: Oregon Tilth, California Certified Organic Farmers, Marin Organic Certifying Agency, and Demeter Certified Biodynamic are all considered legit sources for True Organic Products.
In the end, trust yourself not the man 😉
Thanks for clearing this question up, lisaleilani.
You got it jeffb 😉 It’s nice to meet you.
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