Organic foods can be fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, or processed foods.
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is the regulating body of the National Organic Program in the United States. They define organic food production as:
… “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.”
In layman’s terms, this means that foods produced organically do not use pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers that are made from toxic, synthetic, or sewage sludge materials. In addition, organic animals that become organic meats cannot be fattened with antibiotics, steroids, or other drugs.
USDA certified organic foods are also — by definition — not allowed to be created with the use of GMOs. Therefore, all organic foods are also non-GMO verified by default.