In most cases honey is organic when it is taken from its natural location, the bee hive. HelpGuide.org points out that in order for a food to be labeled as organic it must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications and must remain separate from conventional products, or products that are not organic. No unnatural pesticides, bioengineered genes or other synthetic products can be used in preparing or storing the honey. When honey is collected using safe practices in a natural bee hive, it is still in an organic state. Honey may contain spores that can cause a deadly infection called botulism. To prevent this, the honey may be pasteurized or heated to temperatures hot enough to kill the bacteria. This process, when done in accordance with USDA standards, has no effect on the organic state of the product. Individuals seeking the most natural and organic form of honey may wish to purchase raw honey.