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Why Your Organic Food May Not Actually Be Fully Organic
While organic foods can be more expensive, consumers buy them based on the idea that these foods are healthier, purer, and more natural. However, there is actually a difference between "organic" and "100% organic," and aspects like soil quality, methods of pest control, and more could make your food fully organic — or not.
The USDA states that foods certified as "100% organic" cannot contain artificial preservatives, colorings, or flavorings, and production cannot involve practices like irradiation or genetic engineering. However, while "organic" foods must also be produced using approved methods, they can contain up to 5% non-organic ingredients.
Beyond that, some foods have the “made with” organic ingredients label, which products can earn by being at least 70% organic and made using no prohibited practices. Understanding the USDA's many different "organic" labels and setting priorities for yourself can help you be informed on the food you choose to buy.