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Should You Go Organic? 
Oct. 12, 2010 3:37 pm 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2010 5:26 am
I had a girl ask me in the grocery store if I knew anything about organic and how she could tell the vegetables there were really organic.  It developed into a very long discussion about organic products, so I decided to share the information.
Organic can be very confusing and misunderstood. The Organic Food Protection Act (OFPA) was developed in 1990 so that people could feel confident that Organic food was just that and not just anyone could slap a price and tag on any fruit and say it was organic.  There are very stringent guidlines for every producer/ grower to follow before they can sell their crops at the stores with an Organic label on them. They must fill out applications so that their farms and crops can be inspected, they are closely monitored.  Their seeds, faciltys and  products must be inspected.  Their products must be free of any artificial  additives. They can not use any chemical pesticides, hormones or chemicals in the production.

So now that you know what Organic means should you buy it. Thats totally a matter of choice.  It can be expensive and not everyone can afford the price.  Is it better-absolutely but with the economy what it is it may not be a choice.

I dont buy organic because I think the prices are too high for some things.  I myself choose my food carefully, I buy local and at farmers markets whenever possible.  Organic may be safer and healthier but I feel as long as you take the time when you bring your food home from the grocer your food can be safe.  Dont ever assume that the vegetables that come in sealed plastic bags or sealed containers that they are washed and safe.  I trust no one with my food but myself, I dont know the person who put that product in the bag.  I bring everything home and trim it if necessary, wash it spin it and re bag it and make sure that the produce drawer is santized.

Do the same with meats.  I grind my own hamburger from roasts, that is the safest way.  My hamburger is lean and it has no fillers or by products .  I also know that my hamburger came from one cut and one animal. Most hamburger you buy comes from 50-60 different animals and different scrap cuts.  I then wrap it and mark what store the meat came from and the date.  If there is ever a recall I know where my meat came from.
There is no such thing as 100% safe, but by taking precautions and planning you can keep what you feed your family safe and still eat healthy.  You don't have to feel that your not doing the best you can if you don't buy Organic. Only 2.6% of sales in 2005 in the U.S was for Organic food, so you arnt alone. 97.4% of the country shop the same as you.
Oct. 12, 2010 3:48 pm
Very informative blog. I had no idea that some meats are mixed from 50-60 different animals. Thanks for the tip on marking the divided and wrapped packages with the STORE name on it. I never thought about meat and recalls. Good blog.
Oct. 13, 2010 5:26 am
Good information, indeed. You know those little stickers on fruits and veggies? They are PLU codes with 4 or 5 digits on them. This is what they indicate: ORGANIC: five digits beginning with 9. CHEMICALLY GROWN: four digits beginning with 4. GENETICALLY MODIFIED: five digits beginning with an 8. "StarLink" corn, a genetically modified organism, contains and insecticide protein, deemed unsafe for human consumption. But the EPA allows the use of StarLink for livestock feed. Let humans eat the animals who ate the corn? That's safe? Duh.
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