Nowadays it feels like everywhere we turn the label organic food is being used. When you’re shopping for produce, or out to dinner, reading a food label, even when you’re shopping for your pets. It has become a key word used to capture the consumer’s eye knowing that this idea of a fresh organic product has been marketed as the most beneficial and essential way to eat and live. Instinctively now we choose organic items; But what does organic really imply? What are the qualifications for an item to be called organic and who is enforcing this new craze?
For the full definition of organic see the USDA website, but in today’s terms a produce with fewer than 6% pesticide residue is considered organic and anything beyond that is deemed non-organic.
Produce with over 25% pesticide residue is not fit for sale according to USDA standards.
Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides or within the borders of the qualifications, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
As a result, cleaner more sustainable food with long lasting benefits and nutritional value.
Even though the meaning of organic has changed over time, organically grown food it is still proven to be the better choice. If you really want to invest in a lifestyle that is all natural, get to know your vendors at the local Farmer’s Markets and educate yourself on where the items in your fridge are really coming from. Until then, your food certified as organic are a good alternative.
Know your food, inspect labels, choose smart, choose organic because what you eat is what you are.