During a staff meeting yesterday, I asked a hand full of women if they knew how to tell organic produce from conventional produce. Five out of five said, No, how?
The number 9.
Go get a piece of produce and check the label or code on the sticker. If it contains five digits starting with the number 9 then according to the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), this item was produced organically without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.
If you’re juicing or purchasing fresh juice, it’s best to use organic produce otherwise you’ll be making a chemical smoothie.
Most people argue that organic food is too expensive and my response to them is: so is health care, medication, a walker or cane, a breathing apparatus, a seeing-eye dog and so on. Food in the United States is relatively cheap in comparison to the cost of electronics, designer clothing and travel expenses. I made a decision years ago not to skimp on food. My body deserves premium gas, doesn’t yours?
NOTE: If you’re buying items from a CSA or farmers market, ask the vendor if their produce is organically grown but more often than not, it is. Tomorrow, I will furnish a list of the TOP TWELVE ITEMS TO BUY ORGANIC…until then, be happy!