You've probably noticed that stores and produce markets have more varieties of organic food than ever, with plenty of good quality. Are their benefits worth any extra cost? That's your call.
What does organic labeling, regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, mean?
- 100 percent organic — made only with organic ingredients.
- Organic — made with at least 95 percent organic ingredients.
- Made with organic ingredients — must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients.
To clarify: Organic foods aren't necessary grown without pesticides or fertilizers, but instead with those types found naturally in the environment, with substances on an approved list, or with insects that are natural predators.
If you prefer organically produced foods:
- Try a new varietal. Local organic farmers may produce interesting and flavorful heirloom vegetables and fruits.
- Read organic labeling. Be sure you get what you are looking for.