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Tuesday, February 24

Coming Clean (Lindsay Lohan)

It's become very trendy to mark everything "organic" these days.  But what's the big deal?  And what's the difference between "100% organic," "made with organic ingredients," and just plain "organic?"

Organic produce is grown without pesticides, radiation, sewage sludge, GMOs, or synthetic fertilizers.   Organic meats are raised without antibiotics, growth hormones, or non-organic feed.

If a boxed meal is "100% organic," then all ingredients are organic.  If it is "made with organic ingredients," then 70-94% of the ingredients are organic.

Buying organic means spending more - but you can pay the farmer now, or pay the doctor later!  It costs more because :
  • Organic farming is more labor intensive.
  • Farmers don't receive federal subsidies.
  • Farms are smaller than conventional farms.
You might find local farms that are growing food organically, but without the label.  Check with the farmers.  Oftentimes, the sheer amount of paperwork required to get the label is too much for smaller farmers.

Take it to the Next Level

Now is the time to start seeds for a garden.  Purchase organic seeds and grow your own food.  You can save the seeds after harvest for next year!  If you have a black thumb, consider joining a food co-op such as Bountiful Baskets.  

For more information on GMOs and organic food, check out Joel Salatin's books.

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