Sub-Level of Organic
Any farmer or food producer selling organic food must meet strict government standards.
If you decide to choose organic, it's important to look for the USDA organic seal.
Also, watch for these statements on food labels, so you can identify food that is truly organically grown:
100% Organic: This product is made entirely from organic ingredients.
Organic: At least 95% of the ingredients in this product are organic.
Made with Organic: At least 70% of the ingredients are organic.
If a product contains less than 70% organic ingredients, it cannot be labeled organic or use the USDA seal. Similar standards are enforced in Europe, Canada and Australia. Each country or continent has its own seal to help consumers identify organic food.
To identify organic food, look for the appropriate seal or a statement like one of the three examples above.
Take Home Message
Organic food may contain more antioxidants and nutrients than regular food, although the evidence is mixed.
Consuming organic food may also reduce your exposure to artificial chemicals, hormones and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.