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Posted on January 29, 2013 by Olivia
What Does Organic Mean?

Organic is a word that is being found on more and more products every day, and it is one of the best health and fitness gifts you can give yourself because it does not contain the toxins that make you fat or sabotage your immune system and health like commercially-farmed foods do. There are organic vegetables, organic eggs, organic dairy products, and even organic beauty products and clothing.
So what does organic mean?

The USDA Definition Of Organic
The USDA puts a stamp on every food or product that is “USDA certified organic.” You may have seen it, it is a green and white circle with USDA certified organic printed on it. The USDA defines organic food as:

• Food produced by farmers who use renewable resources such as compost piles and conserve the soil and water by not using persistent chemical pesticides.
• Meat raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones.
• Food raised on farms that do not use conventional persistent pesticides that stay in the soil and get into the water table, fertilizers made from synthetic ingredients or, you might want to sit down for this...SEWAGE SLUDGE.
• Food raised from seeds or animals that have been bioengineered (you know, all that GMO stuff you’ve been hearing in the news).
• Foods that have not been treated with ionizing radiation (the radiation that is used on all vegetables to kill e-coli, salmonella and other germs that may be on the vegetables because they have come in contact with animal feces in the big processing plants).

If you are like me, right now you might be thinking that the supermarket is really more of a big, disgusting science experiment. And I don’t think you would be too far from the truth. If you want to give yourself and your family the best health and fitness gift, buying organic food is the way to go.

Here are the benefits of buying organic:

• It is better for the environment
• It is more nutritious, containing more vitamins and minerals
• It is less expensive than paying costly medical bills
• Organic farming creates more jobs than traditional farming
• We don’t have to pay taxes on it for environmental cleanup
• And it just tastes better. (Well, that’s my opinion, but there is a big difference)

So if you want to give the fitness gift for health that keeps on giving. Buy organic!

Do you do organic? Let us know in the comments below!

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