First, let’s understand what it means to be organic, made with organic, etc.
100% Organic – ALL ingredients MUST be certified organic; any processing aids MUST be organic; AND product labels MUST state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel. So, the USDA organic seal MUST on the product.
Organic – at least 95% of the products MUST be certified organic. Only 5% of non-organic content excluding salt and water may be used AND product labels MUST state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel (USDA organic seal).
“Made With” Organic – At LEAST 70% of the product must be certified organic excluding salt and water; remaining products must be produced without EXCLUDED methods, non-agricultural products must be specially allowed on the National List; AND it MUST NOT have the USDA organic seal.
Specific Organic Ingredients – less than 70% of certified organic content excluding salt and water AND cannot have the USDA organic seal on the packaging. However, you MAY LIST the CERTIFIED organic ingredients on the panel.
There are few well-controlled studies that are capable of making a valid comparison of organic and conventionally grown foods to assess nutritional value, sensory quality (testing products on humans and recording their responses), and food safety. This one study I found interesting! It evaluated the potential health benefits of organic foods by feeding fruit flies either conventionally or organically grown bananas, potatoes, raisins and soy beans. (SIDE NOTE: Personally, I can’t stand fruit flies!!! I don’t want anything in my house that would make fruit flies/gnats live!!! Now, back to the study…) The study concluded that fruit flies raised on an organic produce had a greater fertility and longevity. In addition, they reported greater activity and greater stress resistance. Thus, suggesting that organic foods has positive effects on one’s health *shutters at this visual*.
Peace and blessings!