Consumers pay attention to words such as natural and organic, and they’re often the deciding factor in whether or not someone makes a purchase. For the farmers and agriculturalists responsible for growing organic and non-organic crops, it’s important for them—and the consumers—to understand the difference between these two commonly confused terms. Each label comes with its own definitions and requirements, which separates one from the other when it comes to the final product or the item on the grocery store shelf.
Each label comes with its own definitions and requirements, which separates one from the other when it comes to the final product or the item on the grocery store shelf.
USDA and FDA organic regulations are a lot tougher due to the criteria that need satisfied for being labeled as organic. There are 3 different tiers of organic labels as seen in the infographic:
There are no specific FDA regulations on all-natural foods. While McGeary Organics strives to provide the best and safest ingredients for their organic and all-natural products, be wary of the ingredient listed on other all-natural products, which may contain high-fructose corn syrup, antibiotics, pesticides, or growth hormones
To ensure you’re buying the best foods for you and your family, read the labels and list of ingredients featured on the product’s packaging. The Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists are helpful guides when shopping for food. “All-natural” foods can still be very healthy and safe, but try to get organic whenever available.