What does the word “transitional” mean on food labels?

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“Transitional” can be described as the half-way point between organic and conventionally raised produce and grains.

Transitional foods are grown using the same methods, fertilizers, etc as organic foods, but the government will not certify them as organic until the fields they grow in have been observed to be all-organic for at least three years.

During the three year period, growers can legally use the term “Certified Transitional” on their labels, but because most people don’t know what that means, it is often left off entirely and the product labeling goes straight to “Certified Organic” when the wait is over.

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