Did ya know that even if a food product has the label organic or natural, it might not truly be organic? There are many labels on food items which can be confusing to consumers. Know the basic labels to truly understand what you are consuming.

COMMON LABELS

Many food items are labeled with the following labels, but this does not mean they are organic.

GRASS FED

All cows are grass fed and the seal doesn't confirm that the animals weren't given hormones or the conditions they lived in.

FREE RANGE

This label can be used for chickens that were given any amount of time outside, but does not confirm the chickens actually went outside.

CAGE FREE

This just means the hens weren't in cages, but doesn't provide information about the housing conditions or living quarters.

NON-GMO

ALL NATURAL

This verifies that food items were grown without GMO's, it does not confirm that the products were grown with or without pesticides 

and herbicides. 

There is no standard definition for the word "Natural." The FDA is just starting to regulate this. It used to mean food items with nothing added or synthetic, but many people
use the label on their products creating false advertisement. 

GLUTEN FREE

This label has nothing to do with being organic, it simply means that the food product does not contain any gluten. 

ORGANIC LABELS

Carrying the USDA Organic logo or Certified Naturally Grown logo means the food item was grown following organic growing standards and procedures. This means the food products were grown without the use of fertilizers, fungicides,  pesticides, and cannot have GMO's.

USDA ORGANIC

CHECK THE LABELS

To know if your food is organic look for food products with these labels.

USDA ORGANIC these food items can be found in grocery stores or at farmers markets.

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CERTIFIED NATURALLY GROWN these food items are most commonly found at farmers markets.

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