DEBRA VAN CAMP, PAULINE IE, NOAH MUWANIKA, YAEL VODOVOTZ,

NEAL HOOKER

Since its launch in 2002, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP) has continued to evolve in response to an ongoing debate within the organic community regarding how organic foods should be defined and regulated. One of the key issues at the center of the debate is the “National List” of substances that are prohibited or permitted to be used in the production, processing, and handling of organic foods. The list identifies all approved exceptions to the assumption that all …

Nonorganic forms of certain ingredients, including turmeric, may be used in the formulation of processed foods characterized as organic, according to regulations established by the USDA.


Figure 1. Share of 2008 food introductions with any organic ingredients, according to level of organic content. From GNPD, 2008.

Table 1. Summary of organic and 100% organic food product innovations by food category for sample product observations. From GNPD, 2008.Figure 2. Count of organic food introductions containing National List ingredients and share using organic form of ingredient. From GNPD, 2008.


Table 2. Description of use of the eight most commona nonorganically produced agricultural ingredients in organic and 100% organic food introductions. From GNPD, 2008.


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