Organic Food, What You Need To Know When Buying It
Organic Food, What You Need To Know When Buying It
Organic food is alive and well, American consumers are expanding their organic intentions beyond the produce section.
Back in Y 2011 when news reports of recalls and ammonia injected into factory-farmed meat spread, sales of organic grass fed beef jumped nearly 50%. Shoppers opting for organic non-food items is taking hold too, with many reaching for organic-slanted soaps and shampoos.
The latest data shows that people under 40 anni are the biggest supporters of organic, regardless of how much money they have and earn.
Now that you’ve got the routine of eating fresh organic fruits and veggies down pat, try adding these other must-have organic items to your shopping cart.
Standard ice creams comes from cows fed a steady diet of GMO (genetically engineered) Corn, Soy, and even antibiotics and hormones linked to certain cancers.
Organic dairies ban all of these, and their cows are required to eat a more natural diet featuring organic grasses and hay. This, then creates milk higher in a heart-protecting fat called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA.
Sales of organic ice cream in Y 2011 were up 44% over the prior year, according to organic product research figures compiled by TABS group, a data-analysis firm that follows consumer product trends.
More than 90% of the eggs produced in the USA come from hens crammed into tiny cages and given feed loaded with antibiotics. Consumers are getting the message. According to TABS data, sales of organic eggs jumped 21% in Y 2011, compared to sales in Y 2010.
Organic eggs in the supermarket come from indoor plants that feeds only organic, and allows the birds to wander about and perform natural behaviors. Free range birds raised on pastures produce nutritionally superior eggs so their eggs are your best bet.
For local pastured-egg produce go to LocalHarvest.org to find a local farmer that raises pastured hens supplemented with organic feed.
Farmer’s markets and buy-direct-from-a-farmer systems, such asCSA (community-supported agriculture) programs, are luring more and more customers in for fresh produce sales. And, some shoppers want to stick with the sustainable farming theme year-round now even opting for organic in the frozen fruit and vegetables lockers.
The best way is to buy in bulk from a local organic farm during the growing season, and then preserve the harvest to enjoy later. If that is not possible, Cascadian Farms offers organic frozen vegetables nationwide. The company is owned by General Mills NYSE:GIS), and industrial-food supported, so shop from your local organic farmer whenever possible. Again, the best way.
The word “Natural” means nothing with food labels and claims made on everything from your soap and shampoo to your shaving cream and nail polish.
Unlike the food industry, though, personal-care product makers can use the term “Organic” loosely. For truly organic personal care products, look for the actual USDA organic symbol on the product, not just “Organic” in the product name.
Try Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild or peppermint organic soap for bathing, hand-washing, and even shampooing to get started. To find out how your current products rate and find safer, truly organic versions, visit Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Organic beef sales are up nearly 50% compared to Y 2010 sales. Choosing this type of meat means customers do not have to deal with the possibility that their meat was injected with ammonia gas, food dye, or any of the other contaminating substances the food industry typically uses.
At the supermarket, look for the USDA Organic label to find meat free of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants.
For more information on getting sustainable beef, read Your Guide to Buying Grass-Fed Beef.http://www.rodalenews.com/grassfed-beef
Along with produce, milk is a priority organic product for many consumers.
Milk is referred to as the “gateway” into organics, many parents line the refrigerator with organic milk to avoid exposing their family to cancer-causing, GMO (genetically engineered) growth hormones used in some conventional dairy operations. In Y 2011, organic milk sales grew 25% over Y 2010 levels, meaning the industry is alive and well to help keep children well.
Industrial produced chicken is causing many Americans to lose their appetites for this staple food.
In Y 2013, organic chicken saw a nearly 20% increase in sales. As news reports of factory farms feeding their chickens food laced with chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and even parts of other chickens grow more common, the US public is shifting toward a more sustainable source.
For the best chicken buy the local grass-fed ones supplemented with organic grains. These are known as pastured birds, and in pastured operations, they often live in open-air, floorless pens where they can eat fresh grass and insects all day. In well-run operations, the pens are moved to fresh grass several times a day.
Visit LocalHarvest.org to find this type of chicken in your area.
Remember, being well, means eating well, and that means Organic.
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