What are organic foods?

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The term “organic” refers to how certain foods are produced. Organic foods have been grown or farmed without the use of:

  • artificial chemicals
  • hormones
  • antibiotics
  • genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

In order to be labelled organic. A food product must be free of artificial food additives. This includes artificial sweeteners, preservatives, coloring, flavoring and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Organically grown crops tend to use natural fertilizers like manure to improve plant growth. Animals raised organically are not given antibiotics or hormones UFABET

Organic farming tends to improve soil quality and the conservation of groundwater. It also reduces pollution and may be better for the environment.

The most commonly purchase organic foods are fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Processed organic products are also available. Such as sodas, cookies and meat

Choosing organic foods may reduce your exposure to toxins, pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. However, the levels of toxins in regular produce are generally well below the safety limits.

How to know if you’re buying organic?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up an organic certification program. This means any farmer or food producer selling organic food must meet strict government standards.

If you decide to choose organic. It’s important to look for the USDA organic seal.

Also, watch for these statements on food labels. So you can identify food that is truly organically grow:

  • 100% organic. This product is made entirely from organic ingredients.
  • Organic. At least 95% of the ingredients in this product are organic.
  • Made with organic ingredients. At least 70% of the ingredients are organic.

If a product contains less than 70% organic ingredients. It cannot be label organic or use the USDA seal. Similar standards are enforce in Europe, Canada and Australia. Each country or continent has its own seal to help consumers identify organic food.