On The "Organic" Label


The last we heard, it is still the USDA's stance that foods certified "Organic" are no more nutritious than foods not certified "Organic".  It's actually against the rules to claim that food certified as "Organic" has superior or more nutritional content than other foods.

We always use the quotes around organic (i.e. "Organic") to indicate that we're referring to the certification programs established by the government (USDA) because it actually means something different than the traditional meaning of organic, which, significantly, has to do with carbon (check Mr. Webster's definition!).

- Neither "Organic" (a branding controlled by the USDA) foods nor even true organically grown foods are guaranteed to be more nutritious than other foods
- Certified "Organic" foods are also not guaranteed to be free from pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals.  "Organic" on a label simply indicates certification of compliance with the rules of an licensed third-party certifier which has discretion on which USDA approved chemicals can be used in food production.
- It may be that the USDA and commercial food producers don't want you to know how far the nutritional content has been depleted from all foods, whether certified "Organic" or conventionally grown.

So we know the words we use are important.  Let's not forget that the intended meanings of the words used are often more important.

And "Organic" does not necessarily mean more nutritious.  And nutrient-density is profoundly more important than "Organic" being on a label