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
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
Food MythBusters
Information on the value of organics, nutrition and organic statistics

 

Accountability, environment, health among top reasons for choosing organic foods

As a Registered Dietitian, I’m frequently asked about the value of the organic label. Are organic foods really worth the higher price at the checkout? Are they more nutritious? What about safety? I advise consumers to make a wise investment in organic food.
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Think beyond the plate to see all benefits of organic food
Organic Broadcaster

Are organic foods more nutritious than non-organic? Are they healthier or safer? As a dietitian, I’m often asked these questions and I answer with a resounding “yes!”  Here’s why. Read more.

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Consumer Reports found lower levels of bacteria overall in sustainably raised beef compared with conventionally raised beef. The presence of “superbugs,” antibiotic-resistant bacteria, was 6 percent in grass-fed beef and 18 percent in the conventional beef. The full report includes a section on labels that indicate the meat has been raised using verified standards. These include Certified Organic, Animal Welfare Approved, and PCO Certified 100% Grassfed. The report cautions against meaningless labels such as “Natural” or “Humanely Raised,” which have no independent verification or certification process. Download the full report here.

 

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Study confirms organic tomatoes have higher antioxidant levels. 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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pouring milkA study by Washington State University shows that whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart.  Read more here.

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What is Organic Farming, Really?
Clean Eating Magazine

An organic farmer from Michigan shares how organic farmers manage their land to produce healthy food for you.  Read more.

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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 educate consumers about organic choices.
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Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

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. This information is provided by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

 

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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

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

 

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