What does it mean to be organic?

Organic means food which is labeled and has been produced in a method which is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is not a certificate of sustainable production nor does it mean that methods are environmentally friendly.

What’s the point then?

Luckily the USDA standards prevent the use of antibiotics in animals and they prohibit the use of fertilizers. Artificial ingredients are out too. Organic food has no growth hormones, has never been irradiated and has no synthetic additives.

Organic doesn’t just apply to how the foodstuff is grown or produced, it also refers to how it is preserved and the methods used to stop the product from going off before it reaches the stores. Taking all these things together is why it is better for you than things not produced that way.

Unfortunately, organic products tend to be a little pricier. But there are ways you can overcome that. Buying local foods which are in season is one way. There’s a reason why strawberries in December taste of nothing.

What products can be organic?

A huge variety of food types can be produced and brought to market organically. We all know about meats, dairy products and eggs. But organic spices, nuts, legumes, grains and fruits and vegetables can all be produced and brought to market organically.

Do they taste better?

Chefs believe they do. Anecdotally, chefs report that the organic food has a better taste, color and flavor, but ultimately you will be the judge of your own taste buds.

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Inorganic compounds don’t disappear

This is just to make you thinkĀ… imagine you’ve eaten an egg for breakfast which came from a hen that was given antibiotics or hormones. Where are those antibiotics and hormones now? You’re right, you know exactly where they are.