USDA – United States Department of Agriculture
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic.
Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances. (https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/organic-standards)
I went to the local vitamin shop in upstate N.Y. when I went to go visit my parents this weekend. I like to shop for my organic food and vitamins and supplements up there because the prices are a bit kinder to my wallet, and I get to see my family it’s a win,win situation.
I started looking at all of the different supplements, powders, liquid elixirs and such. Something that I noticed, is if the product was USDA certified? It made me think, does this certification make me feel more secured in purchasing an herbal supplement?
Why don’t all companies get certified? Well for one thing, it cost money to certify a product. And it might be more money than a small mom and pop company have. Or there product might have ingredients that the USDA can’t stand behind. Also, the company may not be using organic products. Which for me is important. If I am taking a product for my health, I want it to be the most beneficial to my body.
I guess, this blog post, is more of a question I have for you all. What supplements do you take? Why do you take them? Do you care, if they are organic? Why or why not. I would love to hear everyone’s input on this.
Stay healthy & Happy Monday!