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Organic Food: Worth the Money?

Magazine Article Lists Organic Items Worthy of Your Shopping Cart

What's 'Organic?'

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 produced.
  • "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.

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