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queenoftheskies
Aug. 15th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yikes! So, is there any classification of organic herbs and, if so, does that restrict at least the use of chemical pesticides?
blairmacg
Aug. 16th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
The USDA oversees organic certifications, and their focus is on the source of the materials rather than the testing of final products. A product can contain up to 5% of non-organic material and still be certified and labeled as "organic" as products made with 100% organic ingredients.

Additionally, many large food companies have successfully lobbied for exceptions to the laws, permitting non-organic raw materials (like chemical fertilizers and food colorings) to end up in certified organic products.

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