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In the article “Organic foods: are they safer? More nutritious?“, made by the Mayo Staff, informs its audience of organic foods. How they are grown, how they are determined to be labeled as “organic”, and it touches on organic versus natural food labels. Organic foods are referred to the way they are grown, when grown organic the soil and water is used “conservatively”, this reduces pollution. Mayo Staff says “Farmers who grow organic produce don’t use conventional methods to fertilize and control weeds. Examples of organic farming practices include using natural fertilizers to feed soil and plants, and using crop rotation or mulch to manage weeds.” So infact the Mayo Staff illustrates how organic is organic.

In stores to be considered organic the U.S. Department of Agriculture established an organic certification process that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. The standards regulate how such foods are grown, processed, and handled. Anything labeled as “organic” must be USDA certified, unless the grower makes $5,000 or less a year. Not a loophole though, the USDA keeps strict watch on the organic side of things.  

Now to be labeled 100%  organic the product must be completely organic or made from completely organic material, to be labeled organic the product must be 95% organic or made from 95% organic material,  less than 70% organic the product can not contain the word organic anywhere on it, however 70% and up can say contains organic material. May be confusing to the common shopper, but to the knowledgeable shopper this is more of a help than a hastle.

The Mayo Staff explains briefly, in the end, organic versus natural, and how these terms are not interchangeable. On some products the words “all natural”, “free range”, and “hormone free” are used, but they do not mean the same as organic. So don’t confuse them with organic and be sure to understand that all these labels have different guidelines in order to be used.

As explained the 100% organic, organic, and contains organic material is for sure disieving. The Mayo Staff is writing an article to inform the people of the dangers of not understanding the labels on their food. Although they all go through the same guidelines there are many different types of organic or organic containing foods. All the types of descriptions of food are truthful but in what way is the truth? The U.S. Department of Agriculture, described in this article, does a good job at setting the guidelines for the truth, reading up on how they determine organic and stay in tune with maintaining their guidelines, this puts an ease to shoppers.

The book our class read before, talks about understand where and how your food was made. This connects with the Mayo Staff article. Understanding what the article is saying and using it to understand the food you buy, will not only help but better your understanding of shopping in your local stores.

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