Organic Food: Worth the Money?
Magazine Article Lists Organic Items Worthy of Your Shopping Cart
The U.S. market for organic foods has skyrocketed in recent years and is
expected to more than double by 2009, states Consumer Reports.
Meanwhile, government standards for organic foods have been hotly contested.
Here's Consumer Reports' guide to label lingo:
- "100% organic": No synthetic ingredients are allowed by law.
- "Organic": At least 95% of ingredients are organically
- "Made with Organic Ingredients": At least 70% of ingredients are
organic; the other 30% are from a list approved by the USDA.
- "Free-range" or "free-roaming": Animals had an undetermined
amount of daily outdoor access. This label does not provide much information
about the product.
- "Natural" or "All Natural": Doesn't mean organic. No
standard definition, except for meat and poultry products, which may not
contain any artificial flavoring, colors, chemical preservatives, or synthetic
ingredients. Claims aren't checked.