What Does Organic Actually Mean?

You see the word “organic” thrown around everywhere these days — whether it’s on food, clothing, beauty products, and more. But what does it actually mean to call something organic? The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Standards Board defines the term as this: 

“Organic” is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.

Okay … So what does that definition actually mean for you? Here’s what you really need to know about buying and eating organic food.

Excerpted from Good Housekeeping

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