Who Decides What is "Organic?"
In our new video, Tricia shops for organic produce at a farmers' market and talks about what "organic" means. With fruits and vegetables it means they were grown organically. But who sets the rules that determine if something is "organic"? Actually, several groups can do that. It's sort of an alphabet soup of organizations, but we'll lay it all out for you here. The big kahuna is the USDA and its National Organic Program. In a nutshell, the USDA defines "organic" as "a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used."