Organic Diet And Lifestyle

Organic Diet And Lifestyle
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Organic Diet And Lifestyle

Introduction

What Is Organic?

Items carrying an organic label are naturally produced and minimally processed. Foods and products labeled as organic are produced using sustainable agricultural and production practices, which minimize negative impacts on the environment and people.

Organic foods and products meet specific production criteria:

 Produce is grown using sustainable practices without chemical pesticides.

 Growers use non-chemical methods to ensure robust and pest free crops.

 Food products do not receive radiation treatment to prevent spoilage.

 Seeds and livestock are free of genetic modifications, which cannot be achieved naturally.

 Livestock are antibiotic and growth hormone free.

 Animals bred and raised for market receive humane treatment.

The term “Organic” also carries a larger cultural context. Some people adopt an organic lifestyle.

People who live organically apply related practices in every aspect of their lives which:

 Minimize their exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins.

 Minimize their negative impact on the environment.

 Use naturally produced and sustainable products and services to achieve these objectives.

 

Table Of Contents

What Is Organic…………………………………………………………………………..1

Sustainable Practices……………………………………………………………………2

Non-toxic Pest Control…………………………………………………………………3

Non-GMO ………………………………………………………………………………….3

Antibiotics and Growth Hormones ……………………………………………….4

Humane Treatment …………………………………………………………………….4

USDA Organic Certification Labels ………………………………………………5

Regulating Laws and Agencies ……………………………………………………..5

Types Of Organic Labels ………………………………………………………………6

Organic Produce Labels………………………………………………………………..7

Natural VS Organic………………………………………………………………………7

Chemicals In Food ………………………………………………………………………8

Unhealthy Food Additives ……………………………………………………………8

Hazardous Artificial Sweeteners …………………………………………………..9

Artificial Food Colorings………………………………………………………………10

Available Organic Products…………………………………………………………..12

Produce ……………………………………………………………………………………..12

Grains And Flours……………………………………………………………………….13

Beverages……………………………………………………………………………………13

Grass Fed And Pasture Raised Meat, Poultry and Eggs …………………..13

Cleaning Products……………………………………………………………………….14

Beauty Products………………………………………………………………………….16

Textiles & Fibers…………………………………………………………………………17

Toys…………………………………………………………………………………………..17

Seeds & Gardening Supplies………………………………………………………..18

Pet Food & Pet Products …………………………………………………………….19

Restaurants & Other Foodservice Operations ……………………………….19

Why People Choose Organic ……………………………………………………….20

Eliminate Health Risks Of Pesticides……………………………………………20

The Risks…………………………………………………………………………………..22

Health Risks To Children……………………………………………………………24

Human Studies On Kids And Pesticides……………………………………….25

A Broken Testing System……………………………………………………………27

Increased Nutritional Value………………………………………………………..28

Environmental Health………………………………………………………………..29

Avoiding Antibiotics Fed To Cattle ……………………………………………..31

Avoiding Chemical Additives………………………………………………………31

Pleasing to The Palate………………………………………………………………..32

Avoid GMOs……………………………………………………………………………..33

Foods Highest In Pesticide Residue…………………………………………….35

12 Foods Highest In Pesticides……………………………………………………35

Concerning Pesticide Residue Data …………………………………………….36

Meat, Fish And Poultry ……………………………………………………………..38

Milk, Cheese and Butter……………………………………………………………..39

15 Foods Lowest In Pesticide Residue …………………………………………40

Organic By The Numbers……………………………………………………………41

20 Ways To Make Homes Organic And Eco Friendly ……………………43

Final Thoughts………………………………………………………………………….46