Why Buy Organic? 7 Questions About Organics Answered
1. What Is Organic? Does Organic Mean No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)?
The definition of “organic,” according to the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), is that animal products sold or labeled as organically produced are not given any kind of antibiotics or growth hormones, are only fed with organic feed and are not administered any type of medication aside from vaccinations or to treat an illness. Fruits and vegetables that are labeled and sold as organic are grown without using most pesticides or fertilizers with synthetic ingredients; there is no irradiation treatment; seeds and transplants are chemical-free; the fertilizer is natural.
Under organic regulations, food can be labeled as “100% organic,” “organic” (contains at least 95 percent organic ingredients) or “made with organic ingredients” (contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients, but cannot have the USDA Organic seal on the package). The USDA Organic seal will not guarantee a product is free of nongenetically modified organisms—only products labeled 100% organic are guaranteed GMO-free.