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The USDA Updated Its Definition of “Organic”

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Words like organic and even free-range are more marketing language than anything else, but now the Department of Agriculture has changed that a bit.

A new rule establishes stricter USDA criteria for foods labeled organic.

The new rule won t be completely implemented until March 2018, which gives farming operations time to adjust to the new standards if they want to keep their organic label.

Under current standards, the label organic doesn t have much to do with animal welfare.

It basically just refers to restrictions on what the animals are fed and when they re given antibiotics.

Some consumers know this; others assume organic means animals are treated humanely.

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