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What does it mean when a product is labeled organic?

What does it mean when a product is labeled organic?

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When you buy food labeled "certified organic," you can be sure that it was produced using the highest organic production and handling standards in the world. According to the USDA. "organic" is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to ensure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your Market must be certified, too. The specifics vary depending upon the type of food and its method of production. For example, organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineer seed or plants; or ionizing radiation.