Organic vs. Conventional Food and Farming

Guide to Organic Food Labeling 

           When you buying organic foods, look for the “USDA Organic” label. Only foods in the categories “100% organic” and “organic” may display the USDA Organic Seal. Other foods with varying levels of organics are labeled as follows:

  • “100% organic” - single ingredient such as a fruit, vegetable, meat, milk and cheese (excludes water and salt).

  • “Organic” - multiple ingredient foods which are 95 to 100% organic.

  • “Made with organic ingredients” - 70% of the ingredients are organic. Can appear on the front of package, naming the specific ingredients.

  • “Contains organic ingredients” - contains less than 70% organic ingredients.

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All pictures are the labels described above