No matter where you turn you are seeing or hearing about organic foods and labels. Organic foods sales grew 8.4% in 2017 and are quickly approaching $50 billion in sales annually. But what does organic means and what should you be spending money on?
I recently sat down with Simply KC Magazine to talk about organic foods and standards. While it seems like it would be simple, there are some great questions when it comes to organic.
Did you know that there are different labels for organic depending on how much of the product/ingredients are certified organic?
Did you know that pesticides, more natural ones, can be used?
Did you know that some conventional (non-organic) fruits and vegetables have very little pesticide residue and some have high amounts?
Do you know that farmers are required to get certification to put an organic label on their crops and the process takes 3 years?
Did you know that some of our organic food comes from other countries? Are the standards the same?
These are all great questions! And yes, it can all get so confusing to understand just one label on our food today. Join me for class all about food labeling and I will answer these plus more questions about free-range, non-gmo, grass-fed, natural, etc.
November 29th 2017-1 PM
December 9th 2017-11 AM
Meet at the Cosentino’s Market — Blue Valley Customer Service counter.
See below for even more information regarding organic farming and pesticide residue.
- The USDA (U.S. Departement of Agricuture) put together a great PDF to show the difference in organic labels.Visit the USDA’s website for even more information about organic farming requirements and restrictions.
- The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization that works to educate and empower people to live healthier. Every year they produce a list of the dirtiest and cleanest fruits and vegetables in regards to pesticide residue. This is a great tool for consumers who are looking to avoid and/or limit pesticide exposure.
- Don’t forget to check out the latest issue of SIMPLY KC magazine.
If you have any questions regarding food labeling and cannot attend one of our future classes, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. We can schedule a FREE one on one session to review your healthy living questions and needs.