Tuesday, August 18, 2009

FYI organic and natural labels

Organic foods are produced by farmers who empasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance the environmental quality for future generations. Animals are raised without growth hormones or antibiotics and plants are grown without most conventional pesticides,fertilizers with synthetic ingredients,sewage sludge,bioengineering or ionizing radiation. Organic producers are certified by a government approved agency. In order for a procuct to be labeled organic 95 % of it must be organic ingredient. Products labeled natural are to be free of artificial colors and chemical preservatives but may still include GMO's,growth hormones & synthetic fertilizers & pesticides. Organic foods may cost more b/c an organic farm is more labor intensive and smaller than a conventionally run farm that uses chemicals to increase yields and lower costs. I got this info from a flyer at Whole Foods called Ask The Medicine Hunter. It is a series of info in conjunction w/ Ask The Doctor flyers and handouts available at healthfood stores,etc.

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