We are what we eat….but what are we eating?
Eating is always a decision, nobody forces your hand to pick up any food and put it in your mouth. (Adelle Davis). Eat Organic Local food. Go to the Farmer’s Markets and support local farms. It’s just the right thing to do.
100% Organic: All ingredients (not counting added water or salt) must be 100% organically produced. Products containing 100% Organic ingredients qualify to go through the USDA Certified Organic process in order to be granted permission to use the USDA Certified Organic seal.
Certified Organic: 95 – 99.9% of ingredients (not counting added water or salt) must be produced organically. May contain up to 5% of non-organically produced agricultural ingredients which are not commercially available in organic form, and/or other substances as allowed by law. Products labeled “95 – 99.9% Organic” qualify to go through the USDA Certified Organic process in order to be granted permission to use the USDA Certified Organic seal.
Made With Organic Ingredients: 70 – 94.9% of ingredients must be produced organically. May contain up to 30% of non-organically produced agricultural ingredients which are not commercially available in organic form, and/or other substances as allowed by law. This product does not qualify for USDA Organic Certification or use of the seal.
Organic Ingredients denoted with an asterisk in ingredients list: contains less than 70% of organically produced ingredients. This product does not qualify for USDA Organic Certification or use of the seal. This product does not qualify for USDA Organic Certification or use of the seal.
Conventionally grown: Conventionally grown products, often use fertilizers and pesticides which allow for higher yield, out of season growth, greater resistance, greater longevity and a generally greater mass. Please use local, to cut down shipping emissions.
Check out the Dirty Dozen list by Environmental Working Group. This is a list of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that have the highest pesticide levels – even after peeling and washing. Eating organic versions of these could reduce our pesticide exposure by almost 80%.
Genetically modified: or GMO (Genetically Modifies Organisms). Plants, animals or foods that have been genetically modified, genetically engineered or BT/Biotechnology modified. Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. Almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products due to insufficient testing. About 92 percent of all soy and 80 percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is GM. These crops feed the animals that feed us, and they provide the bulk of our sweeteners and cooking oil. In fact, more than 70 percent of processed foods sold in the United States have ingredients from GM crops. The U.S. government, and the FDA do not require anything Genetically Modified to be identified on ingredient lists. Genetically Modified foods and products are in widespread use and distribution throughout the U.S. AVOID THESE!
A Method to Help Identify Genetically Modified Foods.
The stickers that contain the PLU code (Price Lookup Code) tell you if the fruit was conventionally grown, genetically modified, or organically grown. The PLU code for conventional produce has four numbers, GM fruit has five numbers preceded by the number 8, while organically grown produce has five numbers, preceded by the number 9. Organically grown fruit will not be Genetically Modified or contain pesticides. Look for the number 9!
Better still, GROW YOUR OWN! And involve your kids. Sometimes when we ask the kids where our food comes from, it’s heartbreaking to hear “from Safeway” or some such store. Food is our very basic necessity. Have it fresh! Check out 4 year old Joshua’s organic garden under Community > What Community is doing. Very inspiring!
And cook fresh every day. Better for your health.
Do you know what your child eats at school? The quality of that food? We want the best for our children but have we considered the impacts of processed food on our health. Let’s discuss. Would love to hear from you. Comment below.