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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Organic Foods

Aloha Everyone,
From supermarkets to specialty health food stores to even farmers market and roadside farmers' stands, we see produce labeled "organic." We usually pay more for organic produce.
Simply put:
1).  Any product labeled as organic must be USDA certified. EXEMPTION: producers sell less than $5,000 a year in organic foods.  
2). Products with 100 percent organic can carry the USDA seal including fruits, vegetables, eggs or other single-ingredient foods.
3).  Foods that have more than one ingredient, such as breakfast cereal, can use the USDA organic seal plus the wording such as:
100% organic
Organic - at least 95% organic
Made with organic ingredients - at least 70% organic ingredients 
4).  "Organic" and "natural' are not interchangeable terms. "Free-range", "hormone-free", "all-natural" or "no GMO"  are not organic.
Conclusion by researchers is that there are no significant difference between organically and conventionally produced goods in their nutrient content.  

Aloha -- Cathi