In this day and age the organic section of the supermarkets are growing. Organic fruits and vegetables are now easily available at most local stores. Meats, nuts, seeds, and grains are also making their movement as the organic push is progressing. Organic is ideally specific to ingredients that are grown without using most conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation according to organic.org. For a farmer to become a certified organic farmer they have certain criteria they must maintain. Converting land to organic status is a three year process. They have a two-year conversion process where they build the fertility of the land. They continue to grow crops but cannot label their harvest organic until after the third year. They also have inspections every year to maintain their organic standing. A few major benefits of eating organically include the idea that your food can be traced from farm to fork, there are no artificial colors or preservatives which makes it fresher and also means it is grown in a place closer to were you are shopping. Some ideas for shopping organically might include shopping seasonally, take advantage of your local farmers market. Aim for items that do not have an extended expiration date, and locate locally owned farms or research companies that provide right to your door delivery like The Grain Market!
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