Organics Part 4: Processed Goods

This is my specialty. A quick important fact: organic products must be at least 70% organic ingredients, so the recipe must have the right mix percentages and you must be able to show that you can trace the ingredients used in production. That’s all it takes for organic processed foods.

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Organic Food Part 3: Dairy & Eggs, Meat & Poultry

Once a customer has moved passed the produce section of the grocery store and moved towards the side and rear of the facility, they are looking at the prepared foods, meat, dairy, poultry, fish and eggs sections (the order in which these sections are arranged depends on the individual store). I’m going to exclude fish in this writing, and will come back to farm raised vs. wild fish in a separate article (spoiler: wild fish are going to be organic, farm raised, probably not).

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Organic Food Part 2: Is Organic Food really healthier and safer?

The obvious place to start is the section of the grocery store that every customer is lead to upon entering, the produce section.You may not realize it, but most or all of the produce you buy is treated with chemicals to either sterilize or force ripening. Organic produce cannot undergo these processes in the way that conventional fruits and vegetables can.

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Organic Food Part I: How It All Started

Because my passion is sustainable agriculture and gardening, organic certification is an issue I have strong opinions on, but I want to set those aside to focus instead on what organic means in various kinds of foods you buy.

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