Are you Organic Savvy?

Q1- What Percentage of Ingredients must be Organic to qualify a product as “Certified Organic”?
Answer- Minimum of 95%
Q2- What Percentage of Ingredients must be Organic to qualify a product as “100% Certified Organic”?
Answer- 100%
Yes this is a trick question.
Q3- Can salt or water be certified Organic?
Answer- No
A product may ONLY be considered “Certified Organic” if its agricultural components comply with the strict regulations of the NOP (National Organic Program).  Being that salt is a mineral, and water is a chemical matter; neither is an agricultural product and therefore must be excluded when calculating the percentage of organic ingredients.

Q4- Is Natural Considered Organic?
Answer- No
Let’s first start out by defining what Organic means when referred to as Organic product. According to the CCOF, and as defined in their document (http://www.ccof.org/pdf/2010_UnderstandingOrganic_Flyer.pdf), Organic food is produced without using most conventional, harmful, toxic pesticides, petroleum-based, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones and that have not been cloned. 
Now let’s clarify, a product that is labeled Natural is not to be assumed its Organic.  By stating a product is Natural, one is stating a product is compound by chemicals or substances that are created from a living organism, found in nature.  As the CCOF clearly defines, there are no federal standards for “natural”, “local” or “sustainable” claims. These products may include toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms or synthetic substances that are prohibited in organic production.

Q5- Is a product “Certified Organic” if the label says so?
Answer- No
Know your ingredients!  See answers for Questions 1-4 and look for the USDA and CCOF logos for the comfort of knowing the products you’re using are CERTIFIED ORGANIC!

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