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Organic Labels Demystified

What exactly constitutes organic now?

After all of the Senate and House hullabulloo over what constitutes “organic”, some of us are left scratching our heads. What exactly is organic, nowadays? The Organic Trade Association is helping you out. There are three distinct types of organic label specified by the National Organic Program in the United States. Products may be labeled “100 percent organic,” or “organic” if 95 percent of the ingredients have been organically produced. Products can be “made with organic” if they contain more than 70 percent organic ingredients by weight, excluding water and salt. Products with less than 70 percent organic ingredients may list those ingredients individually but don’t qualify to use the USDA organic label or seal.

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