Organic is everywhere, products using this word can be found in and out of the kitchen. A trip to the grocery store reveals that this mysterious term is prevalent and found on packaging for all types of products: meets, dairy, fruits, cereals and even cosmetics.
In the early 1990’s the term organic was in its infancy. Today it is embedded into the marketplace and there are many federal laws governing the organic term and the use of its labeling. In the U.S. there are three main federal agencies that reside over the use and labeling of the organic term. The first agency, United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) has jurisdiction over the definition of the term organic. Frequently used is the NOP acronym which is the National Organic Program. The second agency is the Food Drug Administration (FDA) which governs the use of labeling. The third agency is the Federal Trade Commission. They are usually involved in labeling, miss-advertising and intent to fraud cases.
Unfortunately, the term organic has gained popularity and is thrown around in marketing campaigns and printed on labels without explanation. This leaves individuals with a vague notion of what organic truly means. The term organic is linked to growers and producers, in regards to their environmental practices. Certified organic growers must meet strict environmental regulations regarding how they manage crops, livestock and agriculture. The word organic in its broadest definition is a classification of a wide range of products and ingredients that includes agriculture, cosmetics, food and beverages.
Organic Ingredient Origins
The term organic relates to how the ingredients are produced and grown, the origins of the plants. It all starts with either organic seeds or organic seedlings and planting stock. The soil in