Organic foods are foods produced by organic farming. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Although the produce of kitchen gardens may be organic, selling food with the organic label is regulated by governmental food safety authorities.
Our criteria included recommendations taken from The Cornucopia Institute Scorecards (soy and carrageenan). As well, we looked at the operation of the business, relationship to suppliers and producers, and the taste and quality of the actual food items themselves.