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Consumer Beware:

A few facts to watch out for when considering organic products...

Not all is organic: Pay attention to Manufactures' advertising the USDA Organic seal. It does not necessarily mean that all their products are USDA Certified Organic. In some cases only a few select products are true USDA Certified Organic. Observe what is offered.

The 'Seal' means it's real: USDA Certification is a rigorous and meticulous process. Manufacturers achieving certification are privileged to display the USDA seal on each of their USDA Certified Organic products. If the product does not have a USDA Certified Organic seal on the label…It cannot be called USDA Certified Organic. The finished product must be 95%-100% USDA Certified Organic ingredient in order to qualify for the USDA seal. Look for the USDA seal on the label for each product claiming to be organic.
Manufactures claiming to be Demeter/Biodynamic must bear the Demeter Seal on the label. To qualify for the Demeter Seal on the label the finished product must be 90% Demeter Certified organic in content. Claims of products containing Demeter/Biodynamic ingredients content can be as low as 10%.
Manufactures claiming to be Ecocert Organic can contain 5% preservatives including Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzonate.

The 'O' word: The word 'Organic' is frequently used very loosely by many manufacturers. Often the truth is, that products partially contain organic ingredients, however, this does not necessarily earn them the title organic. The USDA Association has put in place strict restrictions on qualifying organic products. Question the legitimacy of the organic claims on products.

More than a 'filling': Beware of products that contain a high percentage water base, fillers and preservatives. Water is the perfect medium for mold growth. Many manufactures offer organic ingredients and then add toxic chemicals to preserve the water in the formulae. Fillers and water mean that there are less active ingredients in the products. Most manufactures use 80% water + 10% toxic preservative + 10% organic ingredients. Beware of manufactures claiming "natural" preservatives such as honey, lemon, Potassium Sorbate or Sodium Benzonate. Read the ingredient list carefully and do your research.

Looks can be deceiving: Organic seals or logos appearing on labels can look similar. Often labels are designed to mimic USDA Organic seals or logos. Pay careful attention to what they claim.

Be Prudent about Preservatives:

Potassium Sorbate: Can cause skin and eye irritation. Contains salt in an ascorbic acid base. According to Dr. David Steinem, potassium sorbate triggers allergic reactions and destroys nutrients in organic matter. Potassium sorbate is similar to common table salt.
Sodium Benzonate: combined with ascorbic acid forms benzine, a known carcinogen. Benzine is known to damage vital parts of our DNA that could lead to Parkinson's Disease and the acceleration of the skin aging process.

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