1. Organic from Food Labels, Decoded Slideshow

Food Labels, Decoded Slideshow

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1. Organic

According to the USDA, "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 cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used." Sounds great, except that the USDA affixes its "USDA Organic" seal to products that aren’t completely organic — if its content is "95 percent or more organic," it’s good enough for the USDA. Just something to keep in mind.

Click here to see 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic.