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So what is enough to find on a product (label or else) that makes it truly organic (regulated by USDA). Is "organic" itself means this and it is restricted to put this word on any product that is not organic?

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This feels off-topic. Aaronut? –  FuzzyChef Jan 11 '12 at 5:19
    
    
Isn't this about food? –  Restuta Jan 11 '12 at 5:29
    
@Jefromi this doesn't look helpful –  Restuta Jan 11 '12 at 5:31
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@Mien: I don't think 'entire United States' can really be considered too localized. That said, I'm not really sure this is on-topic either, but this discussion really ought to be taken to meta. –  derobert Jan 11 '12 at 16:46

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The USDA does regulate a notion of "organic" in the US. Here's their full page on organic certification. Many of the links there are quite relevant. The best one for you is probably the labeling for consumers page, though many others would be informative for you . The Organic Labeling and Marketing Fact Sheet contains more details about labeling restrictions, and the National Organic Program page contains further links including the actual regulations.

In terms of labeling, as described in the linked page on labeling, yes, the USDA regulates the usage of the USDA organic seal:

Look at the label. If you see the USDA organic seal, the product is certified organic and has 95 percent or more organic content. For multi-ingredient products such as bread or soup, if the label claims that it is made with specified organic ingredients, you can be confident that those specific ingredients have been certified organic.

Unfortunately many other people do have their own notions of what organic means, and if you see the term used without the seal, then you can't really tell what standards it was held to.

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Now this is helpful, thanks! –  Restuta Jan 11 '12 at 6:03

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