Organic Products: What does it Really Mean?
We’ve all seen different food items labeled as “organic products”, but there’s lots of confusion when it comes to the designation of organic.
Truly, certified organic foods are grown in accordance with the USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP), which strictly regulates soil condition, water quality, livestock care, and the usage of fertilizers, additives, pesticides and other chemicals.
Genetically-engineered or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can also disqualify a food item from being considered organic.
In reality, any product can claim to be organic and some use deceptive wording such as “grown on an organic farm”, which only implies that the farm has some organic growing areas; it’s possible the food was grown in a non-organic section of the farm.
You may also see a food item that’s made with organic ingredients, which implies that only some of the ingredients — at least 70% — are actually organic. Notably, in order to be labeled as made with organic ingredients, the product or food cannot include any genetically-engineered or genetically-modified food items.
When shopping at the market, it’s important to look for the USDA organic seal and words USDA Certified 100% Organic. The usage of this wording and seal is strictly regulated and it ensures that the product is, in fact, totally organic!
Finding Organic Products
If you’re in search of fresh, organic and locally-grown foods, then it’s time to discover Eco Local Markets. Eco Local Markets connects local organic growers with healthy food-lovers like you! And the best part? You’ll enjoy a selection of fresh, organically-grown foods that are affordable! That’s because Eco Local Markets eliminates the middleman so you save on transport costs when you choose to buy locally!
So if you’re ready to go organic or want to get started selling your organic products, make your way to Eco Local Markets.