What is Organic?
What is “Organic”?
Organic is a labeling term used on food and products that are manufactured using methods approved by the USDA that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that encourage the cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conservation. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetic engineering, and irradiation may not be used.
There is some evidence that fruits and vegetables that are grown organically have a stronger micronutrient profile, or more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but more research is needed on this topic. Macronutrient density (carbohydrate, protein, and fat) and caloric value are the same in conventional foods versus organic foods.
There are several types of “USDA Organic” certifications.
- “100% Organic” labeling means that all ingredients must be 100% organic.
“Organic” means that non-organic products allowed per National List may be used, up to a combined total of 5% of non-organic content.
- “Made with Organic” products must contain at least 70% certified organic ingredients.
- Multi-ingredient products that contain less than 70% certified organic content do not need certification and must not include the USDA Organic seal anywhere on the product.
All the food items in our organic menu are from trusted providers who can trace the source of foods. Unlike some food service providers, Quality Catering's organic meals are fully organic. The ingredients we used meet the USDA's criteria for organic foods. Our organic menu has 20 different entrees that children love.