First of all, over the past few years large corporations have gotten on the organic bandwagon (you might be surprised at how many "organic" brands Philip Moris, a cigarette company, owns - I won't support them buy buying their products), and through their lobbying efforts the US Gummint has ripped the heart out of organic standards. I won't go into all the details, but you can can do your own research on the subject and come to your own conclusions. So, given that a product in the market has only a USDA Organic label on it, it's quite possible, as Suzanne suggests, to find a non-organic product at, for example, a Farmer's Market, that's actually more organic even though not quite fully organic.
Over the least year or so I've checked on the ownership of various organic companies and have concluded that, as quickly as I can find high-quality organic replacements for some brands, I will stop buying/using certain products, and have already stopped buying some even though a replacement hasn't been found. I, and others in the San Francisco area, are, more and more, supporting smaller, local farms, and even Whole Foods (that bastion of corporate organic and imported Chinese-grown vegetables) is providing more locally grown produce.
So, there's organic: http://www.organicconsumers.org/orga...lots060905.cfm
and there's better quality organic that adheres to a higher standard.
Since I posted a link to Horizon dairy, I'll mention a local dairy (one of several in the area) that run cleaner operations, with greater care to their cows and land. They produce organic milk and non organic (non-RBST) milk. Given the choice, I'd go for the organic milk, but have absolutely no qualms or reservations about their non-organic milk. I've seen one of the operations, and have known about it for years, and have always been impressed by the cleanliness of the plant and the beauty of the well-cared for pastures. They claim, and I've no reason to doubt them, that their locally produced milk goes from cow to bottle in six hours, and is delivered to stores as quickly as possible. I can taste the difference between the milk produced from this producer and that from other "organic" dairies.
The same goes for vegetables. I want locally grown, in season, organic vegetables from known reputable suppliers, but will consider non-organic if the supplier does a good job producing what I want to put into my body. Sometimes pesticide-free local produce is a better choice than USDA certified organic grown in Mexico, China, Argentina, or who-knows-where. Recently there was a report about a produce field in Mexico that was using runoff from a jeans manufacturing plant to irrigate it's fields, runoff that contained manufacturing wastes. I don't need to eat that crap. And neither do you.
So, as Suzanne suggested, and as I concur, there's organic and then there's Organic :smiles: Read your labels, do your homework, and make your own decisions. I've made mine.
Shel (getting of the soapbox now)