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Greenwashing For Dinner: 8 Faux Green Foods To Avoid (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/23/10 10:44 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:50 PM ET

We heartily applaud any effort to green your diet. But beware: looks can be misleading.

While organic is much better for the environment since it excludes pesticides and many types of preservatives and fillers, not all organic food is created equal. Likewise, some things that may be healthy for you are not healthy for the environment.

Here are eight types of foods marketing themselves as eco-friendly that you should reconsider.

Organic Feed Lot Milk And Dairy
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We know there is a lot of debate out there about whether eating meat can ever be sustainable. But setting that aside for a moment, lets consider organic meat and dairy.

You would think organic would be the best option out there for meat and milk, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Often organic meat and milk producers crowd their cattle into feed lots after only a short time on grass. The grain is organic, but the sentiment isn’t. The result is concentrated waste and pollution. Fully grass-fed cattle are much better for the environment.

Luckily the FDA released new, stricter rules in February governing the amount of pasture milk cows must have access to. The new rules still allow for finishing organic cows on grain, however.

Look for “100% grass-fed” meat, or pasture-finished beef, goat, turkey, and other meats at your local farmers market. Even better, ask the farmer at the market about how the animal was raised.
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