What Does “Organic” Mean? | Mental Floss

What Does “Organic” Mean?

By Maggie Koerth-Baker

What’s in a Name?

You’ve probably noticed by now that organic products tend to be pricey. That’s partially because federal certification costs money, and partially because the right to use the word “organic” requires meeting the USDA standards that were set in 2002. Even imported foods have to be up to government snuff before they can be called organic.

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