Karen Ensle Ed.D.., RD, FADA, CFCS
Family and Community Health Sciences Educator
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
Here’s an interesting health and wealth connection…should families eat organic foods even if they have a higher price tag? Is it healthier to eat organics and do they really have the power to fight disease and promote longer life? The word "organic" refers to the way farmers grow and process fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don't use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds, or prevent livestock disease.
If you decide to buy organic food, look for a USDA Organic label as it indicates that the food was produced and processed according to USDA standards and at least 95% of the ingredients in that food are organically produced. The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it as indicated below:
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