A Guide to Organic Food

How to Start an Organic Diet from GM Foods to Whole Foods

I am sure you have heard of the term "Organic" before, but what does it really mean and how can you attain an organic diet? This guide will highlight the key concepts of organic food from understanding organic certification labels to genetically modified foods. We hope that this section will broaden your understanding of organics and how you can start leading a healthier, more sustainable diet today. 

Where to begin? We’d suggest by looking over our basics of organic foods. You’ll want to know what makes some foods organic and others not, and how to tell the difference between the two. But more importantly, learn why organic foods are much healthier for you, beneficial for society, and preferable in terms of their environmental impact. The facts will speak for themselves. Then we’ll give you the run down on how to shop for organic foods, which ones are the best investment for your food dollars, and where to find the cheapest and freshest varieties of organic foods.

Linked closely to the issue of organic foods is the complex issue of genetically modified food (GM food). Though at first glance the ideals of genetically engineered (GE) foods may seem socially preferable, you’ll soon discover that there are many pitfalls for playing with the DNA of our food supply. Learn about the problems with GMOs, how to spot them in the grocery store, and what important steps you should be taking to keep GE foods out of your diet.

You should also know that not all organic foods are created equally, and for that check out our guide to certified organic food labels.  There you’ll find a list of the most popular organizations certifying organic foods throughout the world and learn how different labels are applied to different types of organic foods such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, chocolate, and so on. Then go beyond basic organics and explore other food certifications for meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, and the like. You’ll then have the knowledge you need to know how to spot truly sustainable food choices in the supermarket so you’ll never wonder again which logos to trust.

Finally, the round out the section, do a little reading on the health and eco benefits of eating organic whole foods. Find out why grabbing a whole apple is better than drinking a glass of apple juice and explore the tricks you can use to cultivate a diet that’s rich in these healthier whole food alternatives.

The world of food can be treacherous if you are uninformed, but with sustainable shopping tools and tricks, you’ll be creating gourmet meals (or simple eco-friendly mac-n-cheese) that are healthier for all involved. Yum!


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