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Indian Kitchen By Veena
-- Veena Bhavanam

Organic Food

14 May 07

Hello everybody,

Today, go to any grocery store and you will find a separate section labeled ‘Organic food’. Some might be wondering what this organic food is. What is so special about organic food? For vegetables/fruits it means that they were grown without the use of any kind of pesticide, artificial fertilizer or any external chemicals. For animals it means that they were reared without the use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones.

If you want to buy organic food, look for the word "Organic" on vegetables or pieces of fruit, or on the sign above the organic produce display. The word "organic" may also appear on packages of meat, cartons of milk or eggs, cheese and other single-ingredient foods. Foods labeled "100 percent organic" must contain only organic ingredients. Products containing at least 70-percent organic content can be labeled "made with organic ingredients", Those foods labeled simply "organic" must have at least 95-percent organic ingredients, by weight or fluid volume, excluding water and salt. Foods grown and processed according to the federal standards will in most cases bear the seal "USDA Organic."

Prices tend to be higher for organic food compared to conventional food. A growing number of consumers are shifting from conventional to organic food because it does not contain any pesticide or growth hormones (in case of meat). Whenever possible try to buy organic food, if it is not possible, you can buy organic food washer and try to wash the vegetables/fruits thoroughly with the food washer, or even soak them in the liquid to get rid of all the pesticide that are on the vegetables/fruits. But one thing to be noted is even if you wash them, the pesticide that has already gone inside the vegetables/fruits cannot be removed.



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