Thursday, July 22, 2010
I support having an organic diet, as many of my patients and coworkers know. However, when I decided to learn the strict definition of "organic" food per the U.S. government, I went on another goose chase. Here are the results.
A search will get you to this government page on "Organic Food." The orginal bill was passed in 1990. Go down to paragraph label "3." for the definition of organic. I like it. Unfortunately, it's always something. There are FOUR different levels of organic foods and these may be reflected in the labels. The gold standard, top level states "100% organic." Look out for it, since use of the label is optional technically, although it wouldn't be clear to me why a manufacturer would go through all the trouble to produce 100% organic food and then not use the label. I'm going to read my labels more thoroughly, especially my produce.
I hope you learned something too.Your Allergy Dude.