Label Reform

New USDA rules will define organic

Now that everything from carrots to ketchup bears some sort of "organic" label, what exactly does the designation mean? At the moment, not much--or at least not enough. But that's going to change in October, when the USDA implements four new levels of certification. Consider the label on a can of beef-vegetable soup:

--"100% Organic" means that all ingredients meet or exceed USDA specifications, which ban the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and hormones. No artificial preservatives or other additives are allowed, except salt and water.

--"Organic" means at least 95% of the ingredients meet or exceed USDA...

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