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Free Range, Cage Free, No GMO’s, GMO. What do these mean? Why is buying organic a great option as opposed to non-organic? Here are some reasons why.
Organic refers to how products are grown and processed. To qualify, crops must be grown in safe soil and farmers aren’t allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOS) or petroleum and sewage based fertilizers
What’s Non Organic
Non Organic refers to products grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers. They also use poisnousinsectides to manage pests and disease.
Benefits of Going Organic
The beneifts of going organic are enormous. For one thing it strengthens the local economy. More more goes directly to the farmers and the money stays within the community.
Foods Where The Organic Label Matters
If you decide to go organic, these fruits and veggies known as the dirty dozen have the highest levels of pesticides. The products haven’t changed since 2013, but check apples, celery, potatoes and others in the graphics.
Size and Shape
With organic foods, the produce that grows imperfect and in various shapes and sizes are the way produce naturally grows. Non-organic proudce is literally the same size and shape thanks in part to additives and hormones.
Pretty much its preference. Since non-organic has to have the same standards as organic foods. If you don’t want a lot of pesticides or additives in your food and if you don’t mind larger or unusual food growth, then organic may be for you.
Food Additives And Other Additives
The most substantial difference between organic vs. non organic is the various food products used. For meats, eggs and cheese, animals have to be raised on organic feed without the use of antibiotics.
Clean 15 vs. The Dirty Dozen
These fruits have the lowest levels of pesticides, due to their thicker skin. They include onions, pineapple, mushrooms, cabbage, aspargus, avocado and sweet corn.
To Wash Or Not to Wash
Rinsing reduces the pesticides, but it doesn’t eliminate them. Peeling can help, but your run the risk of losing valuable nutrients. Fyi, wash and scrub all produce buy organic as much as you can.
Meat, Eggs and Dairy
Meat and Dairy products that are fed organic and Non GMO feeds have to have access to the outdoors. Livestock and poultry can’t be given hormones or antibiotics. Livestock also has to graze on pasture for four months out of the year.
Keep Costs Low
Shop at farmers markets, join food co-ops, also try joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Farm). It’s a great way to buy shares of produce in bulk directly from a local farm.
Check Your Labels
The term organic is regulated, but to make good choices, talk with your butcher, fish monger or farmers about these labels. Natural, grass fed, free-range, cage free all are great, but sometimes, they can use additives to preseve food.