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Organic food, especially fruits and vegetables, often cost a little more than their conventionally grown counterparts. An organic apple appears to be just the same as a conventionally grown apple. Is organic food worth all the hype? In a word, yes.
What Does Organic Mean?
According to Organic.com, organic refers to the process in which the food was grown or raised. Organic food is grown without the use of “pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.” In addition, organic production of food encourages sustainable production methods as well as soil conservation methods. Products that bear the certified organic symbol have been inspected by approved government inspectors in all stages of the production process to ensure adherence to organic standards. Beware of labels such as “natural,” “cage-free,” “free-range,” and others in the absence of the certified organic label. Because no standards exist to define these terms, they are essentially meaningless.
Four Reasons You Should Buy Organic Foods
#1. Organic foods are produced without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods have up to a 30 percent less risk of being contaminated with pesticide residues. Some fruits and vegetables, such as grapes and celery, should only be purchased as organic products as they are among the worst offenders for their high levels of pesticides residue.
#2. Organic meat is produced from healthy animals. Animals that are raised on commercial feedlots, otherwise known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), are fed large quantities of genetically modified grains which the animals were never meant to consume. As a result of eating these grains and the conditions on the feedlot, the animals become sick and are routinely given antibiotics. Organic meat ensures that the animal was raised without the routine use of antibiotics and hormones.
#3. Organic foods prohibit the use of sewer sludge as fertilizer. Sewer sludge from municipal sewers contains dangerous pathogens, pharmaceutical drugs, and other toxic substances. This undesirable product is often used to fertilize crops on large-scale commercial farms.
#4. Organic meat is raised and processed humanely. Organic farming prohibits inhumane treatment of animals such as confined feeding operations and the feeding of ground-up remains of other animals from the slaughterhouse. Animals on an organic diet can not be fed any feed that contains slaughterhouse waste. Traditional slaughterhouses are crowded and filthy. These processing facilities routinely produce animal products for sale that have deadly e. Coli or salmonella bacteria contaminating their surfaces creating a high risk for food poisoning. Organic products rarely cause food poisoning.
Purchasing organic food, pet, and cleaning products is a first step to support the farmers and manufacturers who have chosen to make consumer safety a priority. They are choosing to place your family’s health and safety over their own convenience and profit. We are proud to offer a wide variety of organic products and support these manufacturers and farmers.