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Buying Organic Produce
When buying healthy food for your family, there's really only one way to be sure you're buying the best ingredients - Buy Organic! This simple guide will tell you everything you need to understand about organic food, and why it is the fastest growing trend for health savvy shoppers.
What does organic really mean?You might wonder what it means when we refer to food or other consumer goods as organic. This means the production of the organic food or item was natural, and produced using all natural means. Real organic food products are not produced using pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and should not be genetically modified (GMO). Organic is not a new concept! If you lived any time before 1939, all of the food you ate was organic. Organic is natural.
What are the benefits of buying organic?By buying organic food, there are multiple benefits. The process of producing organic food is safer for the environment. Farming using pesticides, solvents, harsh chemicals can cause contamination of the surrounding area by spreading these chemicals via streams, aquifers and wildlife. Buying organic supports your local economy! When you buy products made organically, you are also supporting your local farmers and community by keeping your money inside your local community. Organic produce wouldn't easily survive long road trips, so if you're buying legitimate organic products, then most of them are grown and produced nearby. Health benefits of eating organic foods. There are many heath benefits when you eat more organic fruits and vegetables. Pesticides and the other harsh chemicals can cause fertility problems, increase cancer risks, and increase the risk of any number of disorders that we don't even know are caused by the chemicals found in non-organic food. Organic foods also contain more vitamins and minerals. Organic foods taste better! Try it for yourself! Organic foods really do taste better. One of the first things you'll notice, is how much smaller alot of the real organic fruits and vegetables are than their non-organic counterparts. This is because the businesses producing these fruit are genetically modifying these fruit to turn out bigger. The side effects of eating GMO food are not all known, but one that stands out is that the seeds in GMO fruit and vegetables will not continue to grow generations of produce! This means we are creating a shortage of seeds available for our children, and their children's children.
Where can I find organic produce?Organic produce and other food items are easily found at your local farmers market, or at some grocery stores. It is more expensive, but it's worth knowing you are feeding your family healthy food that hasn't been contaminated with chemicals and poisons. If you have never been to a farmers market, you'll definitely want go and check it out. You generally need to arrive early in the morning to have the best pick of produce, because many folks stock up for a week of healthy cooking. Another way is to grow organic produce yourself! Start a small garden in your back yard. You can either plant seeds, or buy ready grown plants that just need a little TLC. Growing fruit and vegetables is a becoming more and more rare, but it is easy to learn to keep these plants alive. Growing fruit trees can provide shade and privacy in your yard.
How do I know its really organic?If you really want to make sure you're buying organic food, be sure it has a USDA label stating it is 100% organic, or grow it yourself. Food labeled just "organic" will contain up to 5% non-organic ingredients, and food labeled "Made With Organic Ingredients" will have up to 30% non-organic ingredients.
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