Organic food by United States standards means different things, but in general, most people consider organic food, food that is either grown without pesticides or food that is certified USDA Organic that carries the Organic Seal.
The above is not completely true, as many organic foods are grown with some pesticides, but if certified to National Organic Program standards, the food can only be grown with National List approved pesticides.
More basic facts about organic food:
- Not all foods can be certified organic. See which foods can be certified organic.
- Organic food and sustainable food are two different things.
- GMO-free food and organic food are connected, but are not the same.
- There is confusion about organic food labels, but note that the USDA Organic Seal is the official organic label in the U.S.A.
- In spite of arguments to the contrary, organic food has many health and environmental benefits.