New Rule Improvements Offer More Reasons Than Ever To Go Organic

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There are plenty of reasons you should go with organic food. For one, eating food with the organic seal has proven to significantly decrease the amount of pesticides seen inside peoples’ bodies. Otherwise, organic farming also helps keep dangerous chemical pesticides out of environmental waterways and drinking water supplies.

Unlike other food labels that don’t mean much at all, “organic” represents food that must pass a series of strict rules established by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. The organic seal also carries a list of harmful substances that farmers are not permitted to use.

However, new organic rules that started this year improve organic integrity like never before.

Certified inspectors in charge of visiting organic farms annually must test samples from at least five percent of the operations that they visit. This means inspectors have the ability to test for unacceptable chemical pesticides, arsenic, or other dangerous compounds, genetically engineered materials, or synthetic hormones in all organic products. New testing rules require testing at each operation on at least a yearly basis.

Still, it only specifies the minimum amount of testing that needs to happen before food is considered organic. Essentially, it’s meant to prevent organic fraud and improve consumer confidence in organic products, which has actually become a $32 billion industry in the United States.

Considering organic food is produced without genetically engineered seeds (ones that haven’t been tested for long-term effects on human health, no less), there’s only more reasons than ever that you should switch to organic. Organic rules also make it illegal to grow food using human sewage sludge, a common practice in conventional farming, and organic animal products require more space for animals while banning the administration of antibiotics and synthetic hormones.

If you’re looking to save money on organic food, try following these four tips:

1.Buy seasonal grub.

2.Purchase in bulk and preserve extras to enjoy when they’re no longer in-season.

3.Use organic dried beans for protein and enjoy organic meat occasionally.

4.Try growing your own favorite crops organically. Don’t forget to use organic seeds to avoid dangerous pesticides!

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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