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The Organic label means that the food item has been produced in a way that helps sustain ecological balance and without using pesticides or chemical additives.

Production

Specifically, according to the USDA’s Organic Program “Organic" is 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 recycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.

Varieties

Most importantly, in the case of Organic meats such as Poultry or Beef this means that the Steer or fowl have only eaten, organic, non-genetically-modified feed. Purer, healthier feed leads to healthier meat and better nutrition.

Many organic birds, and some stock animals, are also raised “Free Range,” which means that the animals have some space to move and are allowed some time in the sun.

Curious about Free RangeNo Antibiotics Added or No Hormones Added? Follow the links to see Smart Kitchen’s resource pages on each label claim.

For all the specifics of the USDA’s Federal Organic Regulations refer to the link.