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Organic foods and products are grown without the use of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers or genetically modified organisms. In addition, organic meats, dairy products and eggs are produced from antibiotic and growth-hormone free animals.

As cited on www.organicearthday.org, the popular theory is that organic foods cost more, but some items such as coffee, cereal, bread and even hamburger may cost the same or even less than their conventional counterparts. And, as the demand for organics continues to grow, the cost will go down.

Many people believe that organic foods taste better and recent studies have shown that organic produce is more nutritious. Since organic farmers do not utilize chemicals, the risk of exposure to chemicals in groundwater are much lower than with other farming methods. Organic farming also uses less water and minimizes soil erosion according to a 2006 report by the Organic Center.

When shopping, there are three certifications to look for – 100% Organic, Organic (95% organic) and Made with Organic (minimum 70% organic and no genetically modified organisms).

Consumers are encouraged to buy local produce and products whenever possible. Most produce in the United States is picked four to seven days before being placed on supermarket shelves and is shipped for an average of 1,500 miles before being sold.

Visit www.organic.org to learn more about going Organic.