LYHL ~ Answers To Your Questions About Organic Foods

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, Feed Your Body | 0 comments

KEY ~ Feed Your Body

Are you confused about why you’d want to eat organic food? Here’s a quick Q & A to help you decide whether buying organic is right for you.

Q:Is it more expensive?
A: It depends on the food and where you buy it. As consumers have demanded more organic food to be available, the prices are coming down.

Q: What’s the difference between organic and “regular” foods?
All food used to be organic, meaning raised without synthetic and chemical products added. Organic foods are grown in soil full of nutrients because crops are rotated (planting the same food season after season depletes the soil). Pests are controlled naturally where conventional farming uses pesticides.

Q: Is it just fruits and vegetables that are organic?
No. There are many organic foods including dairy and eggs, meat, poultry, beans, grains, nuts, and sweeteners. You can find organic versions of almost everything – even cookies!

Q: What are some of the reasons I would want to buy organic?
Some people say that they can tell the difference in the taste – taste test a conventional apple and an organic one and see what you think.

Synthetic and chemical additives can be absorbed into the food and even washing doesn’t remove all the residue. The chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional farming can be absorbed into the ground water and run off into water sources downstream.

To support organic farmers as they bring more environmentally friendly means of growing and raising our food while rebuilding the soil.

Q: How do I know if I’m really getting organic food?
If you are buying at your local farmer’s market you can ask if the food is organic and very often they will have a sign proudly stating that they are certified organic or in the process of being certified.

When shopping at the grocery store you already have lots of information at your finger tips for fruits and vegetables you’re considering.

The sticker that’s attached (with the PLU code) tells you whether the food is conventionally grown (4 digits), organic (5 digits starting with the number 9) or genetically modified (GMO 5 digits start with the number 8). For example conventional bananas have the sticker code 4011, organic 94011, and GMO 84011.

Other foods will be marked but if you have any questions about whether something is organic be sure to ask.

Q: Because something is marked organic does that means it’s healthy?
Not necessarily! Many companies have jumped on the organic bandwagon, and if it is a processed food it still is a processed food. So even if it’s marked organic be sure to check the label for the nutritional information and ingredients before you decide to buy.

People eat organic foods for many different reasons; better health, environmental reasons, even concern for the people working in the fields and what they are exposed to. Deciding to buy and eat organic is a personal decision and only you can determine what is best for you and your family.

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