Organic...what does that mean?

Organic has become a term used for a process on how we grow our food or make products or how we live.  Let's break it down to understand what it means but first here is the definition of organic from the dictionary.  Then below are commonly used labels and definitions.

The literal definition:
adjective /ôrˈganik/ 
  1. Of, relating to, or derived from living matter
    • - organic soils
  2. Of, relating to, or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological origin
    • (of food or farming methods) Produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents
      • Of or relating to a bodily organ or organs
        • (of a disease) Affecting the structure of an organ
          • Denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole
            • - the organic unity of the integral work of art
          • Characterized by continuous or natural development
            • - companies expand as much by acquisition as by organic growth

          Labels found on food and sometimes personal care.

          95% to 100% organic

          ingredients found in nature

          personal care and cosmetic voluntary label that denotes "made with organic ingredients" meaning 70% or more organic

          identifies food that is at least 95% organic

          1. 100 % organic: products containing only organically produced ingredients, excluding water and salt.
          2. organic: products containing 95% organically produced ingredients by weight, excluding water and salt with remaining ingredients consisting of those products commercially available in organic form.
          3. made with organic ingredients: a product containing more than 70% organic ingredients
          4. natural: means a product does not contain artificial ingredients
          5. products less than 70% organically produced ingredients cannot use the term organic


          Some other labels to consider!

          Both Fair Trade labels mean that promotes better trading conditions, sustainability, higher price to producers with social and environmental standards..better labor standards

          to promote responsible management of the world's a tree

          to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability primarily focusing on the preventing deforestation and environmental destruction


          If you are being pesticides or herbicides for your yard, garden or home....look for these labels.

          OMRI about: "The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a national nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing."

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