For Consumers

There are many reasons for choosing organic products. Research is showing that organic produce is more nutrient-dense. But, most people choose organic to avoid the toxins found in non-organic food. They also value organic farmers’ environmental stewardship. Organic farming practices build up the soil and protect the quality of our air and water.

Learn more about organic farming
Consumer’s Guide to Organic Food

Concerns in our Food
Food MythBusters
Information on the value of organics, nutrition and organic statistics
Films

Organic ProduceA study published in the July 2104 British Journal of Nutrition reveals that organic crops have higher levels of antioxidants than conventional crops. British researchers conducted meta-analyses based on 343 peer-reviewed publications. They also found that organic crops have lower levels of toxic metals and pesticide residues.

Download PDF of study.
Read The Organic Center’s explanation on why organic offers more antioxidants.

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Study confirms organic tomatoes have higher antioxidant levels than non-organic tomatoes. Tomatoes contain carotenoid pigments such as lycopene, associated with bone health, reduced risk of prostate cancer, and decreasing sun damage by UV radiation. Here’s the full study published in the May 2014 IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science.

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A study by Washington State University confirms Organic Valley Pasture-Raised Whole Milk has more of the heart-healthy fatty acids your body needs to stay balanced.  Read more here.

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Consumer’s Guide to Organic Food

MOSES partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to create the information card below, plus a 20-page Consumer’s Guide, a bookmark and magnet to encourage consumers to choose organic.
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Concerns in our Food

The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and choosing the least contaminated produce. This information is provided by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors*

1. BPA
2. Dioxin
3. Atrazine
4. Phthalates
5. Perchlorate
6. Fire retardants
7. Lead
8. Arsenic
9. Mercury
10. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)
11. Organophosphate pesticides
12. Glycol Ethers

*To read more about these disruptors, where they are found and how to avoid them, see EWG’s website.

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Food MythBusters

Also see: “Is junk food what we really crave?” by Anna Lappé.

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Information on the value of organics, nutrition and organic statistics

Our allies in the movement to improve America’s food and farming systems have many other great resources to share with you about organic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture
The USDA oversees organic standards through the National Organic Program. This website explains what “organic” means.

The Organic Center
Consumer-friendly statistics and research reports on the value of organics

Union of Concerned Scientists
Information on global warming, GMOs, antibiotics, etc.

Center for Food Safety
Information on GMOs, irradiation, cloning. Fact sheets, statistics, news articles and more

Food and Water Watch
Guides to safe food and water choices

Consumers Union
Policy and action information from Consumer Reports

Beyond Pesticides
Discusses the hazards of pesticides, suggests pesticide alternatives, info on organic lawn care

Organic Trade Association (OTA)
FAQs and research about the nutritional and environmental benefits of organic

Food Sleuth Radio
The show was rated among the top 11 green food radio shows in the country. Airs every Thursday at 5 p.m.

Organic Consumers Association
A grassroots organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. Offers the Green People Directory with links to suppliers of organic products

Cornucopia Institute
Provides information about ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture

Food Tank
Offers solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for us to consume and share

Environmental Working Group
Consumer guides to healthy product choices for cosmetics, produce, and household cleaning supplies

Whole Foods
FAQs to help you learn the benefits of eating organically grown foods

Just Label It
Information about GMOs and petitions to get genetically modified products labeled in the U.S.

Sustainable Table
Top 10 reasons to choose sustainably grown food, plus how to ease into a sustainable kitchen

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Films

These films provide more information about farming and issues with our food system.

  • Dirt! 
    Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow
    Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. 
  • Farmageddon 
    Kristin Canty
    Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
  • Fed Up 
    Stephanie Soechtig
    Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see.
  • Food, Inc.
    Robert Kenner
    In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.
  • GMO OMG
    Jeremy Seifert
    How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back?
  • Grow!
    Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson
    GROW! takes a look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land.
  • King Corn
    Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis and Aaron Woolf
    King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.
  • Queen of the Sun
    Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel
    What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.
  • Symphony of the Soil
    Debra Koons Garcia
    Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource.
  • Terra Firma
    Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson
    Since 2001 over 280,000 women have been sent to the Middle East to serve in the War on Terror. Terra Firma weaves together the stories of three women veterans who were among the first to deploy, serving in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. After years of struggling, each has found ways to heal the hidden wounds of war through farming. The film follows the women as they go about their daily lives, reflecting on their time spent in the military, the impact of war on their lives and their newfound peace of mind, finding that farming gives them purpose and a new way to serve their country by growing food for their communities.