ORGANIC DIET

ORGANIC V. NATURAL V. CONVENTIONAL 

What does it mean when a food is "organic?" How does it differ from "natural" and "conventional?"

IngredientsOrganicNaturalConventional
Artificial ColorsNONOMaybe
Artificial FlavorsNONOMaybe
Artificial PreservativesNONOMaybe
Irradiated Products/IngredientsNONOMaybe
GMOsNONOMaybe
PesticidesNOMaybeMaybe
Petroleum-based FertilizersNOMaybeMaybe
Growth HormonesNOMaybeMaybe

Natural

Foods labeled natural are not currently regulated and are up to companies to determine if they use the term on their products. It is assumed that products labeled “natural” do not contain artificial ingredients. It is always wise to read the ingredients to be sure you know what is in your product.

Organic

All organic foods bearing the green and white USDA Organic circle must be made according to a strict set of government standards and regulations. Only 100% Organic and 95% Organic may use the USDA Organic circle.  

WHY SHOP ORGANIC?

By choosing organic, you are reducing your exposure to artificial ingredients, pesticides, fertilizers, synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics.

You are also supporting a sustainable agricultural environment that promotes soil health and fertility, as well as protects farmers, farm workers and their families from exposure to harmful chemicals.

Download this Organic/Natural Shopping Guide for ideas on what to buy in the store.