Organic refers to the way agricultural products—food and fiber—are grown and processed. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food. A growing body of research also shows that organic foods are rich in nutrients, such as iron, magnesium, and vitamin C, which are critical to maintaining good health.
USDA Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored U.S. production system.
Unlike natural and other eco-label claims, only USDA organic offers government-backed assurance that products are grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics, and synthetic growth hormones. Additionally, this labeling requires rigorous third-party inspections of organic operations such as Quality Assurance International www.qai-inc.com to ensure that products bearing the USDA Organic label are grown and processed in a transparent manner you and your family can trust.