Where to Buy Organic Food

The first thing to note is that there are several different descriptive phrases and labels that are used on organic food. You need to understand what these phrases and labels mean so that you are actually purchasing what you think you are purchasing.

* “Certified Organic”: A product with this label has been produced adhering to the organic standards mandated by the government of the United States.

* “Organic”: A product with this label contains at least 95% organic materials.

* “100% Organic” or “Certified Organic”: The term simply means that the fruit or vegetable was grown without the use of chemicals and under compliance with the U.S. rules.

* “Made with organic ingredients”: This means that 70% of the ingredients are organic.

* “Contains organic ingredients”: This term means that the product contains less than 70% organic ingredients; how much less does not have to be specified.

Organic foods and other organic or “green” products are sold at health food stores and at herbal medicine shops. Major grocery chains now carry a line of “organic” food products and other “green” products. You can also find foods that are labeled “organic” at local farmer’s markets. There are many sites online to buy organic products as well.

If you are determined to go organic, you need to remember that you are going to pay more for organic products. They cost more, but they are considered safer for human consumption by advocates for organically produced food.

Another source for organic food is a membership in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Subscribers to CSA programs receive a weekly or monthly basket of locally grown, in-season fruits, vegetables, flowers, eggs, milk, and sometimes other products like coffee or tea.

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