A definition of “organic”
An organic product is that which is raised, grown, stored, and/or processed without the use of synthetically produced chemicals or fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or any other pesticides, growth hormones or growth regulators.
Why is “Certified Organic” Important?
There are at least two good arguments for eating organic: fewer pesticides and more nutrients. Let’s start with pesticides. Pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, and leave trace residues. A build up of toxins in the body over time can cause harmful disease.
A study out of Newcastle University from 2007 reported that organic produce boasted up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron) than its conventional counterparts. Soil that has been sprayed down with pesticides get stripped of valuable minerals. So why is organic better? It’s good for the environment and our soil. Our food has more nutritional value, and is safer to our own health, not to mention, it tastes better!