Do you buy certified organic food for your family?
I do when I really know it matters. It depends on if I know and trust the supplier of my food. It also depends on if it's a food known to be heavily sprayed with toxins or raised in an unhealthy environment.
Back before the advent of modern agricultural practices, all food was essentially "organic". Unfortunately nowadays, regular food can be full of chemicals or genetically modified and not even labeled as toxic! It's up to you as an informed consumer to choose the healthiest foods you can for your family.
In this post I will explain the what the certification actually means, some benefits of organic foods, and which produce items matter when it comes to paying more for organic varieties.
What does the "Organic" symbol mean?
Over 25,000 farmers, ranchers and other businesses are certified organic by the USDA (see their website). They pledge to:
Important Note: Your local farms and orchards may be practicing clean, sustainable farming but may not have paid to receive the USDA organic certification. Their food may also be wonderfully pure and healthy!
Get to know your local farmers and suppliers and choose the best you can for your family. Better yet, start a garden of your own, purchase organic or heirloom seeds, and enjoy the healthy fruits of your labor!
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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