The organic label is meaningful or highly meaningful (depending on the type of food) and verified. It is backed by federal law and regulations that are designed to promote a sustainable system of agriculture. Federal organic standards prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides (with only a few exceptions), synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics (for all crops and animals except in chickens prior to day 2 of life), genetically engineered organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge, artificial hormones for growth promotion, animal by-products in animal feed, petroleum-based solvents as processing aids, and synthetic food additives in the final product.
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This label can be found on: The USDA organic label can be found on foods (and other agricultural products) that are third-party certified and produced and processed in accordance with the federal organic regulations. Any agricultural product can be certified, including meat, dairy, eggs, fruits and vegetables, as well as processed foods and beverages.
PROGRAM NAME: USDA Organic
ORGANIZATION: National Organic Program - Agricultural Marketing Service - United States Department of Agriculture
LABEL STANDARDS: Standards are federal regulations available in the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR 205).
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