Does USDA Organic Really Mean 100% Organic?

In my world, I have not only gotten used to questioning everything, I have embraced it with open arms. There have been many instances that a large establishment has left me and millions of others disappointed, unhealthy, hurt, or even on the brink of death. (Not an exaggeration)

After being lied to on almost every level by large corporations and big names that we are supposed to “trust” with our health and the health of our little ones, I can’t help but have one eyebrow raised at the USDA when they claim “this is organic, free of pesticides, hormones, and it’s totally natural!”
I mean, they’re just another big corporation right?

Do they really have our best interests in mind? Or are they using the organic movement as an opportunity to cut corners and really cash in?

According to the USDA, there are regulations that were discussed and set this spring in the Spring National Organic Standards Board Meeting on June 2, 2016, in regards to all of the practices mentioned below:

“Organic production and handling system plan, Land requirements, Soil fertility and crop nutrient management practice standard, Seeds and planting stock practice standard, Crop rotation practice standard, Crop pest, weed, and disease management practice standard, Wild-crop harvesting practice standard, Origin of livestock, Livestock feed, Livestock health care practice standard, Livestock living conditions, Pasture practice standard, Organic handling requirements, Facility pest management practice, Commingling and contact with prohibited substance prevention practice standard.”

So, they’re regulating a lot, which is good!

But, there are so many regulations, and it’s hard to say exactly what they all are in a small article such as this one.

So, I’ll simplify by pointing out what’s important.

“In order to be labeled “100 percent organic,” products must contain only organically produced ingredients and approved processing aids. To be labeled simply “organic,” products must consist of at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients. The remaining ingredients must consist of USDA-approved nonagricultural (non-organic) substances. To be labeled “made with organic ingredients,” processed food products must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients,” says an article titled “What Does Certified Organic Mean?” published by

This means that even our most “organic” food is allowed to be tainted with ANYTHING that isn’t organic, as long as it’s a small percentage.

An article titled “The USDA’s Organic Deception” published by Farm Wars puts the situation perfectly into perspective saying, “So you buy it and think that you are getting healthier because you are eating mostly good, pure food. It is the word “organic” that led you to believe this. However, if an organic ingredient is mixed with conventional ingredients, doesn’t it become polluted? It’s like putting gasoline in a glass of pure water and charging a premium for that water because it only contains 30% of the contaminant. 30% contamination is probably better than 100%, but would you want to drink it?”

As discouraging as this information might seem to someone who is actively pursuing a clean-eating lifestyle, and who is doing everything they can to eliminate unnecessary poisons from their lives, it’s just another reason we should be doing things ourselves.

Turn your lawn into a mini-farm, grow herbs in your windowsill, eat less meat, and for Pete’s sake, ask some questions and do some research of your own. It may be the only way to ensure that these harmful, carcinogenic, deformity causing, bee-killing pesticides and other poisons aren’t being slipped into our mouths without us knowing about it.

I have to add, I still firmly believe choosing organic food over conventionally grown food is the way to go. Though chances are we’re still being exposed to a small amount of toxins, it’s nothing, NOTHING, compared to the toxins we’re being exposed to by opting out of the organic life.

Choosing organic produce over processed foods seems to be a sure-fire way to avoid “less-than-natural” substances in our food, and it’s better for your health anyway. If you’re eating processed foods like potato chips, you’re still going to see a negative health effect because the optimal food for humans is fresh, organically grown produce, and a very small amount of sustainably raised meat.

With 1 in 3 people being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime (according to the American Cancer Association), prevention is absolutely KEY to steering clear of it.


USDA Publishes Materials from Spring National Organic Standards Board Meeting | Agricultural Marketing Service. (n.d.). Retrieved from

The USDA’s Organic Deception. (n.d.). Retrieved from

What Does “Certified Organic” Mean? (n.d.). Retrieved from