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This promotion has ended. Thank you so very much to everyone who learned and played in this Earth Mama Angel Baby game with us. We are very excited that we were able to educate and help other mamas out there on the difference of natural and organic products. We are proud to announce that Crystalkr is the winner of the MotheringDotCommunity- Grade School Level. Crystal will be receiving one case of Earth Mama Angel Baby's Baby Bath Blossoms for her participation. Thanks again for playing. We look forward to giving you more chances to win cool prizes in our next contests and giveaways.

The Host of our Playtime Party: Earth Mama Angel Baby

The Game: Head of the Class

Earth Mama Angel Baby has brought together 5 websites operated by communities of natural minded enthusiasts in an exciting and educational game, Head of the Class. Each site (blog/forum) will represent a grade level. Each time a player (student) completes a level they will be entered to win that grade level's designated prize. Players (students) will have to complete all 5 easy levels of education covering natural and organic labels to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE worth over $650 of product from our sponsors.

Your Class Schedule:

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Mothering Dot Community represents the Grade School Level, covering USDA Certified Organic.

The Prize for Playing MDC's Level: Play MDC's Level and be entered in a drawing to win a case of Earth Mama Angel Baby's Angel Baby Bath Blossoms, shown below:

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Now Let's Learn and Play!

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MDC's Grade School:

You will learn about Certified Organic.

Enter to win USDA Certified Organic Angel Baby Bath Blossoms.

So many products, so many labels! The label says "natural," but does that mean safe? Whats really organic? Whats a toxic ingredient? You almost need a degree to decipher label claims!

That's why Earth Mama Angel Baby® is giving you a chance to go to the head of the organic class, win prizes and learn about the five levels of Organic and Natural. You'll get product label information a concerned consumer can really use, plus earn your Mam U. diploma and a chance to win fantastic prizes all along the way, including a ginormous Grand Prize worth over $650! Earth Mama Angel Baby and 5 respective blog/forum sites take you from grade to grade: once you pass one level, you can move on to the next. You can do all five in a day or take your time and do it in a week. Just make sure you go to Mama U. Graduation by midnight Sunday, May 1st to pick up your diploma, your special graduate coupon code, and enter to win the Mama U. Graduates Grand Prize Bundle of natural and organic goodies valued over $650!

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Welcome to Grade School! Now that you've mastered "100% Organic," we're moving on to a slightly more difficult: "Certified Organic." The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) certifies to the highest food standard, the National Organic Program (NOP). The word "Organic" is the legal claim. For a food or personal care product to claim Organic anywhere on the label, 95% or more of the ingredients must be certified organic and verified by an independent certifier. If one ingredient is only Organic (99%), the entire product claim drops from 100% Organic to Organic. In addition, any non-organic ingredient must be produced without the use of GMOs, irradiation, and sewage sludge. And of course there can be no artificial ingredients, petroleum products or prohibited substances in the product. That means no artificial dyes, fragrances or other potentially harmful ingredients.

Whole Foods Market recently stepped forward to help clear up the confusion about organic personal care product claims. As of June 2011, Whole Foods Market will require all personal care products that have an organic claim to be certified organic to either the NOP (food) standard or the NSF personal care standard. You'll learn about hte NSF Standard in High School!

To verify the organic claim, and to be sure you are getting a 95% or more organic product, check the label for the USDA symbol and the name of the certifier. If a product claims to be Organic, but does not have the name of the certifier on the back panel, it is not certified and therefore not verified to be Organic by a third party. The only claim words that can be on the label are the words "Organic," In addition, the organic percentage of the product, and the company logo is allowed to contain the word "organic."

Angel Baby Bath Blossoms is, in fact, USDA NOP Certified 100% Organic. But to demonstrate the Organic claim, we've mocked up a label pretending the rose blossoms listed in the ingredient panel are only 99% organic. If that were the case, the product claim would be Organic.

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Grade School Exam:

Post your answer to this thread to reply to the question below and you'll get a chance to win one case of Earth Mama Angel Baby's USDA Certified Organic Angel Baby Bath Blossoms!

Question: What percent of ingredients has to be organic for a product to legally make an Organic Claim?

(post your response)

Need some help? See the Crib Notes.

Congratulations! Head over to Earth Mama Angel Baby's Facebook page to let everyone know, "I learned about Organic label claims from Organic Grade School at Mothering Dot Community!" After your Facebook post move on to Middle School at Safe Mama for more prizes!

Check Earth Mama's Go to the Head of the Organic Class page for blog locations, prize information, and the Crib Sheet for your open book tests. We'll announce locations, prizes and winner s on Facebook and Twitter too.

Thanks for playing!
 

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Question: What percent of ingredients has to be organic for a product to legally make an Organic Claim?

My answer: 95% of the ingredients of product must be organic for a product to legally make an Organic Claim.
 

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At least 95% needs to be organic. And on a side note, I came to the website today specifically looking for information about non-toxic personal health care items...So this contest was a lovely find!
 

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95%, excluding water and salt! ;)
 

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95% must be organic.
 

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95% of the product must be organic in order for the product to be labeled "organic." I am surprised that 5% can be non-organic and that it can still be called that!
 
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