Organically Yours - Five Reasons To Buy Organic Foods

 

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You too can make smarter choices in the food you buy. Organically grown foods have been increasing in popularity as people are choosing to live a smarter and healthier lifestyle.

Organic farmers around the world are doing their part in preserving the quality of our ecosystem and to improve our health by growing food the way nature intended. Organically grown food gives us a naturally healthy and purely delicious food that is completely free of harmful chemicals and pesticides. Most foods contain a high level of pesticides that can be more harmful that organically grown foods.

1. The Five Reasons

  • Organic foods are free of additives and preservatives and therefore taste more delicious and pure.
  • Buying organic foods helps to reduce the dependence on all the non-renewable resources.
  • The organic food industry promotes healthy farmland and supports those small family owned farms that produce the organic food.
  • Growing organic foods help to keep chemicals out of the water supplies and help protect the farmers and other workers from having contact with harmful chemicals and pesticides.
  • Organically grown food is safer for children because it is free from harmful pesticides.

2. Consider The Organic Alternative

Next time you're shopping for groceries, think about how buying organically grown food can benefit you and your family. Think about choosing a food that was grown as nature intended, compared to one that had frequently been covered with poisonous pesticides and other chemicals. Would you buy food knowing that it had once been saturated with harmful chemicals? At one point in time, that was something you never would have thought about, but today people are more aware of what they are putting into their bodies.

3. Organic Foods List

Some great organically grown foods to buy are apples, grapes (imported), nectarines, pears, peaches, red raspberries, strawberries, bell peppers, celery, potatoes and spinach. Other foods available organic are eggs, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, milk, juice, bread, soup, meat, nuts, pasta and many baby foods.

4. What Does Organic Mean?

 

organic-fruits The ecological system heavily relies on the rich soil to produce plants strong enough to withstand disease and pests. Organic farming means that the use of any chemicals and toxins is prohibited. In livestock, preventative measures are taken to keep the animals productive and healthy because the use of antibiotics is forbidden. Genetically modified organisms are also strictly prohibited in the organic production.

 

5. The Three Categories

100% Organic

Means the food item is made purely and 100% of organic ingredients.

Organic Made

Means the food item is made of at least 95% organic ingredients with the remaining 5% heavily restricted and with no genetically modified parts.

Made With Organic Ingredients

The food you choose can be made with ingredients containing no less than 70% of organic ingredients with the remaining 30% heavily restricted and not genetically modified.

6. USDA Standards

The USDA has set strict regulations when labeling organic foods. An organic food must contain at least 95% of organic ingredients in order for it to be labeled "Organic". Any foods that have less than 70% of organic ingredients can not make any claims on the front of the package that it is organic in any way, but may list the specific organically grown ingredients on the side panel.

Price is a major issue when considering food. Eating healthier is sometimes more expensive than the chemically treated foods. Of course, as the organic food industry is steadily gaining popularity, prices are becoming more competitive and more appealing. Consider the real importance of staying healthy, it shouldn't have to cost an arm and a leg either. Find a local food grower or a good organic farm with competitive prices.

By Stephen White

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Source: www.isnare.com

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