Be sure to know what you’re buying and eating. When you shop for groceries, you should read labels and understand what they mean. The food and nutrition that you put into your body directly relates to your health, energy levels, and disease immunity. Here is the difference between “Organic” and “Natural”
The USDA regulates which products can be labeled “organic.” Organic standards vary by food product but in general, certified organic foods must be free of chemical pesticides, genetically modified ingredients (GMO), and chemical fertilizers. Livestock raised as organic also must be free of antibiotics and fed organic feed.
There are strict requirements to be met for farmers and food producers to get the USDA organic label. Additionally there are regulation, monitoring, and oversight involved to make sure the company continues to use organic methods.
Natural, on the other hand, is a marketing term. While laws exist to protect consumers against misleading advertising, it is companies that decide how they will define the word “natural” on their products. In general, the key consideration has nothing to do with the environment or good health. It is the profit driven motive behind the term. As long as any one ingredient can be found in nature (whether in food, animal, or plant), that label can be used. Some of the worst items are made from glands in beavers, insects, and tree bark.
So when you see Natural on a product, it’s the same as conventional for anything ranging from food to cleaning products. There’s probably nothing natural about it.