What is the difference between organic and non-certified organic produce?



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    The difference is in the certification. In order to be certified as “organic” certain requirements must be met. The requirements vary from country to country, but typically regulate the use of man-made chemicals and regular inspections. Just about anyone can claim “organic” without the certification, so a certified organic product is more likely to actually be free of pesticides and residuals than one that makes the claim without the certification.

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    It is important to remember that any true organic product will have this symbol  (at least in the U .S.)  This means it has been certified that it contains at least 95% organic ingredients.

    Anything with less than 70% organic ingredients will not contain this symbol on the packaging. 

    Printing the word “natural” or “organic” on packaging is allowed for any company so be careful and still read the ingredients and look for whole foods.

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    In the U.S., certified organic produce comes from farms that agree to follow the NOP (National Organic Program) guidelines, and undergo regular inspections to assure compliance and maintain their certification.  Chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are PROHIBITED, as is use of sewage slurry.  Compost and animal manures are allowed, but fresh manures cannot be applied to fields within 60 days of harvest.  

    Many small farms produce “non-certified” organic vegetables.  They may follow the NOP guidelines, but don’t have the manpower for all the documentation and paperwork necessary to maintain certification.  Some can’t afford the fees, or choose not to pay them.  

    Non-certified organic produce should not be much more expensive than conventionally grown produce.  If you purchase non-certified organic produce, you’re placing your trust in the farmer, that he/she follows organic methods, but there’s no regulatory framework to enforce compliance.  That said, many of these small farmers are completely trustworthy, but it’s your call.

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