What does “Go Green” and “Organic” Have in Common?

gogreen organicGOING GREEN means any number of little steps that you can take to reduce the harm that your existence is doing to the environment.

GOING GREEN means to become more environmentally conscious in your life; at least within reason and to the extent that you can easily participate.

GOING GREEN means implementing changes in your life to become more eco-friendly.

 

GOING GREEN means bringing your own cloth bags to the grocery store rather than using their plastic or paper bags.

GOING GREEN means walking the one block to the McDonald’s instead of taking the car and letting your car idle the entire time you are in the drive-through.

GOING GREEN means separating your plastic bottles (and cans) so that they can be easily recycled without the trash requiring more sorting.

 

ORGANIC is a method of GOING GREEN!

According to the USDA:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.

In terms of ORGANIC products, there are different levels of “organic”.  Again, to protect consumers, the USDA has defined three categories or levels of what may be called “organic”:

100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients

Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients

Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.

 

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