Organic doesn’t always mean truly organic

So many questions abound: I get buy local, I get Fair Trade. But to me, organic should mean organic.

Turns out, not so much.

The USDA’s National Organic Program’s regulations sheet list four levels of “organic” labels, from 100% organic to ‘Processed products that contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients.’

That’s a huge difference.

But this is useful: The logo below indicates a product is at least 95% organic.

USDA logo

So, read labels carefully, and pay attention to how a store markets its “organic” items.

— Linda J.