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by Terry Blair

The term "organic" is used to describe foods (or
ingredients) that are grown without the use of certain
chemicals or processes.

For meats, poultry, eggs and dairy products to qualify as
organic, they must come from animals that are given no
growth hormones or antibiotics. For vegetables and fruits
to be organic, they must be produced without the use of
most pesticides, sewage sludge-based fertilizers,
petroleum-based fertilizers, irradiation or genetic

The big question - whether organic foods are actually
healthier for you - is still under debate.

Next month, the USDA will begin to enforce national
standards for foods claiming to be organic. Depending
on the criteria they meet, foods will be allowed to
carry the following labels:

- "100% ORGANIC" - All ingredients are organic.
- "ORGANIC" - At least 95% of ingredients are organic.
ingredients are organic.

The new labels apply to foods grown in the U.S. and those
imported from other countries. The standards will be
enforced as of October 21.


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