The term organic has rapidly gained popularity and everywhere you go, you see organic foods, but with it comes a hefty price tag. We all want the best for our family and children and if organic is the best, is it really worth the extra expense?
When you see organic, you may assume it is completely free of harmful chemicals and pesticides, however, the true definition is not so simple. Organic doesn’t equal “pesticide free,” it means the use of pesticides is restricted or limited to an allowed list.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for a food to be considered organic, it must not include chemical fertilizers, various synthetic substances, irradiation, sewage sludge, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Foods that display the USDA Organic seal also prohibit antibiotic and synthetic hormone use in organic meat and poultry and require 100% organic feed for organic livestock.