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Organic Foods

What Does Organic Mean?

Organic, when used in reference to food, describes food that is grown free of chemicals such as synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

Organic farmers do not use chemicals to combat their crop problems. Organic farmers only use natural substances, such as compost and manure, to enrich their soils. They also work hard to prevent pests by planting herbs and flowers throughout their fields that have been proven to deter pests. Organic farmers are also friendly to birds and the bugs that will keep pests under control naturally.

Organic farming requires more work than conventional farming, but it is fast becoming the choice of many.

Does Organic Food Taste Better?

Taste depends largely on the individual taster. Many claim that the taste of a vegetable grown organically is far superior to one from a conventional crop. Others report they can taste no difference.

Why Do Some People Buy Only Organic Foods?

Many individuals buy organic foods because they have a concern for the environment and their health. Since organic growers only use natural methods in their crop growing, one can assume that they are cutting down on pollution, water contamination and food contaminates.

How Do I Know If Something Is Organic?

When selecting food, look for a tag that says “certified organically grown.” A farmer’s crop cannot be labeled organically grown until the land has been free of chemicals for 36 months.

How to Find Organic Food

Most communities have at least one organic market. You can locate organic markets in your area by looking in your local phone book or visiting a farmer's market and asking the venders if their food is organic.

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