Defining Natural Food
Natural Labeled Foods - What Does Natural Mean?
If you go to any supermarket, you’re likely to see a plethora of products labelled “natural,” but what does that term really mean? It certainly seems to imply that there’s a minimal amount of processing involved in its production or in its ingredients, but what standards does a food product have to live up to to be called natural?
Definitions vary country-to-country. The United Kingdom’s regulations preclude any genetically modified foods, among other things, stating that natural foods can only include “ingredients produced by nature, not the work of man or interfered with by man.” In Canada, natural foods are cannot be processed or have any additives in them, including artificial flavorings, nutrients, colorings or minerals. But what are the rules regarding natural food in the U.S.? Continue reading
The Organic Food Movement
Organic Food: What Makes Food Organic
“Organic” has been a major buzzword throughout the past decade and beyond, with health conscious eaters clamoring for organic produce, organic canned goods, and even organic dog food.
In fact, organic food is the fastest growing sector of the American food marketplace, with organic food sales growing by 17-20% a year for the past few years, far exceeding the growth of conventional food at only 2-3% a year.
But what exactly is “Organic”? For those new to the “Organic” movement, let’s start with the simplest definition. Organic foods are foods that are produced without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The term “Organic” can apply to pretty much any food category from fruits and vegetables to grains like wheat and rice to livestock to dairy products. Continue reading