Natural does not mean organic?
Natural and organic are not interchangeable. Other claims, such as free range, hormone free, and natural, can appear on food labels. However, don’t confuse these terms with “organic.“
What is organic food? USDA said “Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are not given antibiotics or growth hormones.
Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides or 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 make sure 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 local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, as well.
U.S. FDA has no official, definition for the term natural pertaining to the natural products industry, the FDA refers to natural ingredients as “ingredients extracted directly from plants or animal products as opposed to being synthetically produced.”
USDA has a legal definition for “natural”, but it applies only to meat and poultry. Those products carrying the “natural” claim must not contain any artificial flavoring, color ingredients, chemical preservatives, or artificial or synthetic ingredients, and are only “minimally processed” defined by USDA as a process that does not fundamentally alter the raw product.”
Genetically Modified Foods Current FDA regulations only require products to be labeled with GMO content information if that product presents the threat of causing allergic reactions in humans.
The truth is if you eat anything not grown in your own garden some of those products may be GMO products.
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