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There are many reasons to buy organic food. Fruit and vegetables that bear the USDA Organic label tell you that they weren’t grown using harmful chemical pesticides, fossil fuel and/or genetically modified seeds. On meat, the label indicates that the feed provided met those same standards, and that the animals weren’t administered hormones and antibiotics. Bottom line: “Organic” is more sustainable and healthier — for the environment and farm workers, certainly, and for you and your family

How is organic healthier?
It’s healthier because some studies suggest that organic produce have more nutrients than their conventional counterparts, probably because the soil is left in better condition after repeated plantings; and healthier because you avoid ingesting any harmful pesticide residues left on conventional produce. Read more here.

There are also several levels of “organic” food that you should be aware of:

  • 100 percent organic. Products that are completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.
  • Organic. Products that are at least 95 percent organic.
  • Made with organic ingredients. These are products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The organic seal can’t be used on these packages.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Meat and Poultry – This insures you are getting a superior product without hormones or antibiotics. Also look for meat that has been “grass fed”, this means the cattle were fed a natural diet rather than corn-based non-organic feed.

Milk – When you buy organic milk, the feed that the cow are eating are hormone and antibiotic free.

Baby Food – Because baby’s immune systems are not fully developed they are more susceptible to pesticides, so it is best to avoid them.

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Here are a list of fruit and veggies that I would recommend to go organic with because they are considered the most easily contaminated by pesticides:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
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