No preservatives in organic milk…it’s organic
May 4, 2009
I went to a friends house for dinner this weekend and we somehow got onto the subject of organic milk. His wife said, “There aren’t any preservatives in organic milk…it’s organic”. This got me thinking about how the words natural and organic are used and what they actually mean.
I’ve been to the shops countless times and picked up something labelled as organic, only to find that the organic ingredient they are referring to makes up less than 1% of the product and the rest is full of nasties. So it is important to remember that natural and organic do not mean the same thing.
If an ingredient is natural:
- It has not been significantly altered
- Nothing has been added
- Nothing has been removed (the exception is water)
Natural does not mean organic – products/ingredients can still be of GMO origin and grown with chemical pesticides. For example, the tomato – a natural product, GM origin and sprayed with pesticides. A soup made from this tomato could have “all natural ingredients” on the label, but could not be labeled organic.
If an ingredient is organic, it must be:
- GMO free
- Grown without the use of synthetic chemicals and chemical pesticides
- Free from antibiotics and growth hormones
- Free from animal cruelty
An organic product does not mean a natural product. For example, it might contain organic lavender, but the rest of the ingredients might be synthetic.
Products and ingredients are certified organic by third party organisations to ensure guidelines are strictly adhered to. When shopping for organic products, it’s best to look for those that carry an organic certifications (EcoCert, Soil Assocation etc) as this ensures you are buying products with a genuinely high content of organic ingredients.
If you’d like to know more about natural and organic certifications, please visit our labels and certifications section.
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