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Is it organic?

 Let's say, for example, that you have made a decision to eat primarily organic foods. Well, how do you know it's organic? The obvious answer is that it is labeled by the USDA, whose National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. In order to represent their products as Certified Organic, and show the USDA Organic label, these producers have to meet all of the standards set forth in the Program.

This is quite distinct from organic gardening, whereby organic foods are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

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