Q: Are only fruits and vegetables organic?
A: No. Dairy, meat, cereals, beverages, and other food items can be
made organically. Organic dairy and meat products can be produced by
not giving animals harmful hormones designed to stimulate production.
Cereals and grains can be grown without pesticides. Virtually all foods
can be produced organically.
Q: Are all fruits and vegetables organic?
A: No! In fact, most of the ones bought in grocery stores are
most definitely not organic. They are grown with pesticides,
artificial fertilizers, and other harmful chemicals that you, in turn,
ingest when you consume them. Organic fruits and vegetables are not
made using those methods and are typically specially marked on shelves.
Q: Isn't organic food expensive?
A: It depends. Prices vary by region and depend on the point of
purchase. Many farmers' markets that sell organic foods are cheaper to
buy from than grocery stores. A growing number of organic producers
intentionally keep their prices at or around the same level as other
food producers in order to encourage more buying of organic foods. In
many places, organic foods are covered and even encouraged by government
Q: Does organic food taste different than other foods?
A: Yes – it tastes better. Scientific studies have shown that
organic foods, especially fruits and vegetables, retain more of their
natural flavors than mass-produced products. Additional studies have
shown that they also contain more nutrients that humans need in order to
Q: Where can you buy organic food?
A: Almost everywhere. Most grocery stores carry organic foods, and
some stores – including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's in the United
States and Waitrose in the United Kingdom – specialize in carrying
organic. There are also many websites that sell organic.
Q: How do I know if certain foods are organic?
A: Usually, the label. In most countries, there are strict standards
that distributors must follow in order to receive federal or regional
approval to mark their products as "organic." Many nations have a
special seal or logo that is put on packaging in order to show that the
product is organic. If you visit a local farmers' market, you can ask
at each stand whether the produce is grown organically. Most farmers
are happy to discuss their farming practices with people.
Q: Are all "organic" products completely organic?
A: It depends. In the United States, there are different "levels"
of organic. Per the USDA, "100% Organic" can only be put on products
which are, obviously, 100% organic. Products labeled "Organic" must be
made with at least 95% organic ingredients, meaning some ingredients
may not be organic. Foods labeled "Made with Organic Ingredients" can
contain up to 30% non-organic ingredients, but cannot contain GMOs or
some of the other most offensive artificial ingredients. Products
containing less than 70% organic ingredients can list those ingredients
as "organic" on the side of the box, but the overall product cannot be
advertised as truly organic.
Q: Is organic produce of a lower quality than non-organic?
A: No. The pesticides and artificial fertilizers used to produce
non-organic foods strip away many of their positive attributes and cause
them to be produced in environments that are too free of bugs
(nature's little helpers) and other things we've been encultured to see
as dirty or bad. Organic apples might not have the same brilliant
colors as some non-organic ones, but that's because those non-organic
apples have been soaked in harmful chemicals to make them have those
colors. Nature is perfect because it's imperfect, something mainstream
commercialized agriculturists do not keep in mind when trying to
override it with artificial materials.
Q: Are only vegans and vegetarians organic?
A: Quite the opposite. The majority of organic eaters are omnivores.
You do not need to abstain from any animal products in order to be
organic. Omnivores who eat organic meats, dairy, eggs, and other
animal-derived products are able to avoid the growth hormones,
antibiotics, and other harmful chemicals put into those animals by the
mainstream livestock and dairy trades.
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