Organic: What it actually means on different products

Children's Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
You see the word 'organic' more and more. But what does it actually say about what it’s on? Some consumers are more than willing to pay higher prices for organically grown food and other products. But is the extra dollar worth it? The answer may depend upon personal priorities. Here are tips for fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat, cosmetics, processed foods and cotton and coffee from a great report in the LA Times: By definition, organically grown foods are produced without most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge. Livestock aren't given antibiotics or growth hormones. And organic farmers emphasize renewable resources and conservation of soil and water. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the National Organic Program, says organic is a "production philosophy," adding that…
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Kids follow parents’ lead on fruits and vegetables

Children's Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Parenting
Reuters Health has a story about a new study showing that parents who want their preschoolers to eat their fruits and vegetables should probably practice what they preach. In a study of more than 1,300 families, researchers found that when parents boosted their own consumption of fruits and vegetables, so did their young children. My Take? (more…)
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