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What ‘organic’ really means
Milk: A USDA Organic seal indicates the dairy cows have access to sunlight, shade, shelter, clean bedding, fresh water, and outdoor exercise. They can’t be given antibiotics or hormones, and their feed must be grown without pesticides or GMOs. Though they also must get a third of their calories from grazing, only seals that say American Grassfed or PCO Certified 100% Grassfed ensure they regularly roam clover pastures.
Eggs: Organic eggs must come from hens that aren’t pumped full of antibiotics and are raised on organic feed. But “organic” doesn’t mean that the chickens roam freely—unless the packaging also says “pasture-raised.”
Bread: Like other packaged products, bread labeled “organic” can’t contain any preservatives, artificial sweeteners, or other prohibited ingredients. Organic bread doesn’t always contain whole grains, though, so sometimes it’s not the nutritious choice.
Source: Consumer Reports