How to buy organic produce - Organic foods





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Published on Feb 25, 2008


How to buy organic produce - Organic foods

Looking for organic produce, but not sure you've got the real thing? Anna Lappe, organic food expert, tells you the simple ways to tell whether produce is organic or not.

First, let's explain what organic produce is:
Produce that is grown organically has not been produced with sewage sludge, it hasn't been irradiated, it doesn't include genetically modified foods, or most man-made chemicals.

How can you tell whether a piece of produce is organic?
If you're in a store that has an organic section, obviously head for it. But if there isn't an organic section, you have to do a little bit of extra work.

* The first thing you should do is look for the USDA certified organic label. If they don't have that, look for the PLU number on most fruits and vegetables. You'll find this on a small label that's been stuck to the fruit.

* If the PLU number is four digits long, it's not organic.

* If it's 5 digits long and begins with the number 9, it is organic.

* You can also look at the fruit. Unfortunately, nonorganic fruit tends to be shinier and more perfect looking than organic.

Why buy organic produce?
It's healthier for your body. It's healthier for the environment, since it doesn't require pesticides. It's healthier for the farm workers who handle the crops.

Babies and small children are especially vulnerable to residues of toxic pesticides and other chemicals.


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