Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Ogranic Foods: A brief overview

Organic foods, esp. produce, are becoming a staple in our local grocery stores. Why? Are organic foods better than non-organic foods? Healthier? Tastier? Here is a brief overview on what is an organic food and why it is better for you and the enviroment.
"Food that is labeled "organic" has been grown or raised without chemical fertilizers, pest killers (pesticides), weed killers, or drugs." Only natural pest killers, natural compost, and zero radiation are used when growing organic produce. The words "natural" and "free-range" are NOT regulated by the FDA, but the word "organic is." Double check your labels!
Organic produce can be costly because the farms are smaller than non-organic farms. Also, farmers feed their cattle organic feed and smaller, organic farms do not get money from the government while big farms do.
Organic foods are better for your body to digest. No odd toxins, pesticides, or germs for your body consume. Non organic produce are grown with chemical fertilizers, weeds are controlled with hericides, and insecticides are used to manage pests and insects. Not only are organic foods better for your body, but they are better for your enviroment and community. More money stays locally and goes straight to the farm, less transportation is needed to get the produce to your grocery store, and fresh food is located right at your finger tips!
Do you have to buy everything organic? Think, to buy, anything that you eat "the skin on." Such as: apples, bell peppers, leaf greens, carrots, berries (all types), peaches, graps, and celery. Organic produce are esp. great for pregnant women, growing children, and people with weak immune systems or food allergies.
Remember, organic foods are grown locally, in smaller batches, and help your community and body! Would you rather spend your money on good, organic produce or expensive doctor visits and prescriptions? Go Green.

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