You probably have heard about the organic bandwagon and are also interested in shifting to it because of the health benefits it brings. However, distinguishing organic products from non-organic ones can be tricky. After all, an organic orange also looks like a conventional one.
So, how do you know which is which? The key is to understand what organic is in the first place.
What is organic?
Organic wholesale fruits and vegetables are bought by retailers and even restaurants. People go to the market to buy organic products. But what makes a product organic in the first place?
Technically, there is no clear and concrete definition of what an organic product is. Loosely, however, it means the absence of artificial chemicals, as well as the use of natural methods in growing and harvesting such products. Legally, organic products need to adhere to certain standards and secure a certification before it can be sold as organic.
How will you distinguish organic from non-organic products?
Restaurants and retailers know who they are sourcing their products from and would likely know that they are officially certified. But how will you know, as an ordinary person, whether or not the items you are buying are truly organic? First is the price. Organic products cost more than conventional ones for a variety of reasons.
Another obvious method to know if the product is organic is the presence of “USDA Organic” seal. The standards to be certified organic are tough, and therefore, having this seal confirms that you are indeed buying a certified organic product. In cases where fruits and vegetables do not come in packs, be observant and look for the small sticker with codes. If it is a 5-digit code that starts with number 9, then it is organic.
Finding organic products can be easy and tricky, depending on where you shop. Knowing these things can help you become more mindful of the things you buy and get a legitimate organic product.