The term organic refers to the farming practice. Organic farmers use what is naturally available to them to prevent weeds, keep plants healthy, and stimulate growth. Conventional farming uses chemicals and synthetics when caring for their produce.
In organic livestock, animals are given room to roam and graze. Cleaner facilities and organic feed are used to prevent disease while in conventional livestock growth hormones are administered and medications are given to prevent disease.
When looking for organic foods, look for the USDA symbol. If it has this symbol you know it is organic and has to follow strict guidelines set by the USDA in order to use the symbol.
If it has this symbol, at least 95% of the ingredients are organic.
If it doesn’t have this symbol but still says organic then 70-94% of the ingredients are organic. It doesn’t meet the strict guidelines to be allowed use of the organic symbol but at least a majority of the ingredients are organic.
There are no food additives added to organic produce. These include preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings and flavorings, and monosodium glutamate.
When buying organic, the environment is another aspect to consider. Organic farming practices were made with the environment in mind by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality.
With the only downsides to buying organic being price and shelf life of organic produce, it is worth it to feed your family organic produce. It lessons the consumption of chemicals, pesticides, sweeteners, and preservatives and it is good for the environment.
Some tips to keep costs down when buying organic: