There are many reasons for choosing organic products. Research is showing that organic produce can be 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 protect the soil and the quality of our air and water.
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. You can download these items here.
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*
6. Fire retardants
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.
Also see: “Is junk food what we really crave?” by Anna Lappé.
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
Policy and action information from Consumer Reports
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
Provides information about ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture
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
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.
Top 10 reasons to choose sustainably grown food, plus how to ease into a sustainable kitchen