The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates and defines food labeling as follows: Natural - Food labeled "natural," according to the USDA definition, does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives and the ingredients are only minimally processed. However, they may contain antibiotics, growth hormones, and other similar chemicals.
All Natural: The USDA does not define foods labeled "all natural" as any different than those labeled "natural." Foods with this labeling are probably not any different than "natural" foods and may not be regulated as they are not defined by the USDA. ~ What Do Food Labels Really Mean
For those of you who did just remove those rose colored glasses, there are a few things that you need to understand while staying informed. 1) Big companies have already positioned themselves in government seats to gain control of regulations. 2) Large companies are now buying up the small companies that were once so devoted to real all natural and organic products. Prime example is Clorox who purchased Burt's Bees. Yes, America! Burt's Bees is actually Clorox. 3) The regulations and laws being written are leading to government and big company profits... NOT to your health. And finally, please keep in mind that they have ALREADY defined "natural" and "all natural" as being able to contain harmful chemicals and toxins. It makes perfect sense that they WILL do that to "organic" as well, now that they are seeing the consumer switch and are in the powerful government seats to do so. In my opinion, that is the EXACT reason they are gaining control of predominantly "organic" and "all natural" companies and operating "under the radar". They are positioning themselves so that when they REDEFINE "organic"... they will already be in position to control the marketplace. Consumers will not be able to help but purchase their poisons. Please America... just stay informed.
From here on out I WILL be staying away from ANYTHING labelled "USDA ORGANIC" opting instead for food items listed as "100% ORGANIC" only. After seeing Food Inc.... the USDA means nothing to me regarding my health and safety.