Uh Oh! Growing Loopholes in Organic Regulations
Very few consumers understand the real meaning of organic. To be certified organic, products must follow requirements of the NOP (National Organic Program), which is part of the USDA Department of Agriculture.
In the US, organic foods are required to ensure cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Livestock must have regular access to pasture without routine antibiotics or growth hormones.
In order to use the USDA Organic Seal, the product must follow strict production, handling and labeling standards ...