The Upper Green Side Weekly Eco-Tip for October 23/24, 2010
(Available at the 92nd and 82nd St Greenmarkets, and archived online.)
How Organic Is “Organic”?
According to the National Organic Standards Board, “Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.”
To judge how organic a product is, check the label:
- If you see the USDA organic seal, that means a product contains at least 95 percent organic ingredients, and as much as 100 percent organic ingredients.
- The term “100 percent organic” means just that – the product contains only certified organic ingredients.
- The term “organic” means it contains at least 95 percent organic ingredients.
- The term “made with organic ingredients” means it contains at least 70 percent organic contents. Note that the organic portion of USDA certified organic products excludes water and salt, and the non-organic portion can contain certain synthetic ingredients.