What Does “Organic” Mean,

and Why Should We

Choose it?

Let’s start with understanding the labels we see on products. Here are some common labels and what they really mean:

100% Organic:

– 100% organic ingredients
– All ingredients were grown or raised to the USDA’s standards
– Plants cannot be grown with synthetic pesticides
– Must be certified


– At least 95% organic ingredients
– Up to 5% may be from a small list of USDA approved non-organic additives
– Required to be certified by an agency, that of which is stated on the label

Made With Organic Ingredients:

– Required to contain at least 70% organic ingredients
– The remainder of the ingredients can be non-organic
– May state a maximum of 3 organic food groups on the label
– Also must be certified

Less than 70% Organic Ingredients:

– All products that contain less than 70% organic ingredients
– Free of restrictions on non-organic ingredients
– “Organic” can only be listed in the ingredients section
– Does not require certification

Be Cautious of Other Labeling

The labels on products can get to be confusing, and at times, a bit misleading. This is why it is crucial for consumers to choose 100% certified organic products. There are a few words on labels to steer clear of when it comes to looking for organics. Learn about these differences to make sure you’re not just guessing during your shopping trips.

Reasons to Choose Organic