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“Organic” in Processed Foods vs. Produce

By January 30, 2020February 12th, 20202 Comments

Because ORGANIC in PROCESSED foods means:

No artificial dyes
No artificial sweeteners like: sucralose, aspartame, ace-k, etc
No artificial preservatives
No artificial flavorings
No high fructose corn syrup
No partially or hydrogenated oil
No gmos (the ones I’m concerned about are field corn, sugar, soy, canola, cotton)
No glyphosate sprayed on the crops
No added hormones
No antibiotics
Animal feed 100% organic and not with glyphosate by-products
No ionizing radiation

ORGANIC for PRODUCE (farming) means:

There are synthetic chemicals or pesticides allowed in organic farming. But…
??There are about 25 synthetics allowed in organic farming. (Conventional farming allows around 900.) The synthetics go through rigorous testing by the National Organic Standards Board and must prove that:
1️⃣They are not harmful to human health or the environment because they are low risk or have a non-toxic mode of action
2️⃣They are necessary for production because no natural or organic version exists (copper, for example)
3️⃣They must be consistent with organic practices. Farmers must show they’ve exhausted all other options before they can use a synthetic (crop rotation, natural pheromones, beneficial insects, etc)
✨This is a list of the major substances used in organic farming (both natural and synthetic). All of these must either be: a minimum risk, non-synthetic or on the National List of Approved Synthetics.

Bacillus subtilis
Bacilus thuringiensis
Beauveria bassiana
Boric acid: Structural pest control, no direct contact with organic food or crops.
Coniothyrium minitans
Copper: Copper hydroxide, copper oxide, copper oxychloride, copper sulfate: Application rates are limited
Corn gluten
Cydia pomonella granulosis
Diatomaceous earth
Gibberellic acid
Horticultural vinegar
Hydrogen peroxide
Lime sulfer: Including calcium polysulfide
Minerals such as elemental sulfur, bicarbonate, or kaolin clay
Myrothecium verrucaria
Non-detergent insecticidal soaps
Oils – petroleum, vegetable, and fish
Peracetic acid
Pheromones/ pheromone traps
Plant-derived substances such as neem, caraway oil, seed fennel, quassia, or ryania

Streptomycin sulfate


Vitamin D3

I hope these lists and this information helps you as you navigate the grocery store! In a dream world where I wouldn’t have to worry about money or budgeting, I would buy everything organic. But, I can’t afford 100% organic… I have six kids to feed and that’s a lot to feed! Buying anything I want is not in my cards. So, I have to pick and choose what I buy organic and what I don’t, which is why I usually choose to buy organic processed foods over organic produce. What are your thoughts on this? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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  • Kristin says:

    I came to this post specifically to see the sources, but I don’t see them listed here. Can you post them again? Thank you!

  • Karalynne says:

    Thank you for letting me know! I just updated the post to show the reference.

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