Organic food has become very popular. But navigating the maze of organic food labels, benefits, and claims can be confusing. Is organic food really healthier? Is it more nutritious? What do all the labels mean? Why is it so expensive? This guide can help you make better choices about which organic foods are healthier for you and better for the environment, and how you can afford to incorporate more organic food into your diet.
The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Specific requirements must be met and maintained in order for products to be labeled as "organic".
Organic crops must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications, and must remain separate from conventional products. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
The plump radishes at the Golo Family Organic Farms stand at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market
The Golo family migrated from Liberia and settled in Goodyear to start an organic farming operation. They harvest green beans, okra and sweet potatoes, among others, to sell to local markets. They received technical assistance for irrigation systems to address irrigation water concerns.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals whose DNA has been altered. These products have undergone only short-term testing to determine their effects on humans and the environment.
In most countries, organic products do not contain GMOs.