For produce (or anything else claiming the label of organic) to be "officially" organic the growers must follow strict guidelines set out and regulated by the USDA.
Here is the actual definition as described by the USDA of what Organic Production is:
"A production system that is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act and regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity."
From this definition we can gather Organic refers to the way agricultural products-food and fiber-are grown and processed. But what does this mean to the consumer?
Simply put: Organic Produce is of the highest quality nutritionally, it is the Mercedes of produce. It is grown under strict guidelines without toxic chemicals, such as, pesticides and herbicides, using & containing NO GMO'S (genetically modified organisms). Our planets soil and water are being protected by dedicated organic farmers that hopefully one day we will all support and understand. What is good for our planet dear friends, is good for our bodies.
Organic produce cost a little more, but one has to ask themselves, does it really? Over the years organic produce has become more available and as a result, the price has came down tremendously, making it possible for everyone to enjoy organic produce at a reasonable price.