Local. Organic. Cage Free. Free Range. What does it all mean?
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of labels out there for your food, and more importantly, to know which ones to trust. As part of our Week of Eating In challenge, we've compiled a list of the biggest eco-food buzz words that will help guide your choices at the grocery store. Which food product/philosophy do you think is the best way to eat?
Organic refers to how agricultural products (fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, grains) are cultivated. Organic farming steers clear of conventional methods of farming, which involve chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and animal antibiotics/growth hormones. According to the Mayo Clinic
, organic farming opts instead for natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, and uses beneficial insects and birds, while livestock are fed a diet of organic foods.
If a food has a USDA
organic label, it means that the product is at least 95 percent organic.
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