Timeless Nutrition Tip
Organic food refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic food production is based on a system of farming. This system maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.
For over a decade, federal rules governing organic food products were in the discussion stage. They have finally decided that rules now be put into effect. Consumers should now be seeing the organic labeling on products. Full implementation was to be completed by mid-2002.
The rules offer a national definition for the term "organic". They have set standards for the methods used and for the substances that can be used in producing and handling organic crops and livestock as well as processed products.
Also established were standards for organic labeling criteria. Prohibited now are the use of genetic engineering methods, ionizing radiation and sewage sludge for fertilization. These were, up until now, common methods used on organic foods. All of them prove detrimental to our health.
Natural and organic are not interchangeable. Other truthful claims, such as free range, hormone free, and natural, can still appear on food labels. However, don't confuse these terms with "organic." Only food labeled "organic" has been certified as meeting USDA organic standards.