100% Organic: This means the fruits and vegetables are raised only with botanical or non-synthetic pest controlling.
USDA Organic: At least 95% of the product’s ingredients are organically produced. But if, say, 80% of the chicken feed is organic, it gets marked as “organic” too. There is no USDA standard for seafood. Antibiotics and other drugs may sometimes be used for animals with this label.
Made with Organic Ingredients: 70% of the ingredients in the food are organic.
Free Range/Free Roaming: These are interchangeable labels and are used only on poultry and eggs. This means the chickens’ cage doors were left open for an unspecified amount of time each day.
Natural/All Natural: There are no government standards or restrictions for this label. Food manufacturers simply decide whether or not they choose to use it. It implies there are no artificial ingredients used, but this is not a guarantee.
There you have it! Print it out, hang it on your fridge, or better yet, carry it to the store with you. Once you’ve learned to understand the organic food labels, you can make more informed and healthy choices with confidence.