By Shari Bitsis, Nature Restoration Group Co-Facilitator
Our next meeting is this Sunday, July 11, 2021.
USA: 11:30 AM EST / 10:30 AM CST / 9:30 AM MST / 8:30 AM PST
UK: 4:30 PM / France: 5:30 PM
This month our Nature Restoration Group would like to feature an article by one of our core members, Kat McGill. Kat has been instrumental in the creation of our Nature Website, handling the technical and design elements in collaboration with Margot Gels. In addition to her technical skills, Kat’s passion for healthy living and consciousness expansion has inspired her to contribute content to our site.
The following article is a repost from our site:
Eat Organic food
What are the standards for organic foods?
Have you ever wondered why certain foods are classified as “organic”? According to surveys, over half of Americans have purchased organic food products in recent years. Since Oct. 21, 2002, any food that is sold in the U.S. — whether produced locally or imported — must meet specific standards defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to carry the label “organic.”
Organic foods are grown and processed differently than regular foods. The USDA definition of organic food states that:
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.
“Natural” vs. “organic”
While you may see labels that assert that a food is “natural,” “pesticide-free,” or “hormone-free,” these terms should not be considered synonymous with the term “organic.” The USDA defines organic foods as products that are at least 95% organic according to the standard usage of the term. If manufacturers wish, they may use the USDA organic seal when marketing their products. Products that contain 100% organic ingredients may be labeled as “100% organic.” Use of the USDA seal is not mandatory, however, so you may not see the seal on all organic products.
In the U.S., the most commonly purchased organic foods are fruits and vegetables, which account for over 70% of organic food purchases. Because of the standards required to produce organic foods, these foods are generally more expensive than their non-organic counterparts.
Are organic foods healthier than foods without the USDA organic seal?
While the USDA strictly regulates the use of the term organic in reference to food products, the agency itself does not make any claims that organic foods are healthier or safer than foods that do not carry this label.
The Nature Restoration Group
Our Nature Restoration Group is a group of Earth Loving humans who are passionate about healing humanity and the planet. We stress the importance of building a personal relationship with the spirit of the planet and we encourage activities and livelihood that directly connect us with our Beloved Earth. We meet every two weeks on Sundays. Our members share ideas and solutions at our meetings, as well as post on our website and facilitate workshops and classes.
If you are looking for a new way to network and meet like-minded nature loving people then check us out. As a member, you will be able to join in our engaging discussions, post articles, create classes and workshops and participate in our regular Earth Compassion Meditations (for regular members only).
Our next Group Call is taking place this Sunday, July 11th at 11:30 AM EDT (New York time). For more information about our group and to receive an invite to our next meeting email Shari at [email protected]
To visit our website go to naturerestoration.info
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