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Understanding Organic

March 3rd, 2024

In today’s world, where health and sustainability are more important than ever, the term "organic" has become ubiquitous in grocery stores, markets, and conversations about food. But what does organic really mean, and why should it matter to you? Let's explore the core of what it means to choose organic, highlighting the myriad benefits that distinguish these products from their conventional counterparts. Our journey will uncover not only the health advantages but also the environmental impact and ethical considerations that make organic products a superior choice for those looking to make informed, sustainable decisions in their daily lives. 

Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. For food to be certified organic, it must adhere to strict guidelines set by national and international organizations, which include the use of natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. 

Why Choose Organic?

Health Benefits: Organic foods often contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, and lower levels of pesticides and heavy metals. Consuming organic food reduces your exposure to synthetic chemicals and promotes a healthier lifestyle.

The term “organic” refers to how certain foods are produced. Organic foods have been grown or farmed without the use of:

  • artificial chemicals
  • hormones
  • antibiotics
  • genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

In order to be labelled organic, a food product must be free of artificial food additives. This includes artificial sweeteners, preservatives, coloring, flavoring, and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Organically grown crops tend to use natural fertilizers like manure to improve plant growth. Animals raised organically are not given antibiotics or hormones. Organic farming tends to improve soil quality and the conservation of groundwater. It also reduces pollution and may be better for the environment. The most commonly purchased organic foods are fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Processed organic products are also available, such as sodas, cookies, and meat substitutes. Organic farming practices reduce pollution and conserve water and soil quality. By avoiding synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, organic farming supports biodiversity and helps to maintain ecological balance. Organically grown crops is also proven to provides a more natural environment for animals, allowing them access to the outdoors, which contributes to their health and wellbeing.

Identifying Organic Products

When shopping, look for products labeled as "Certified Organic." This certification ensures that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. The certification is only awarded to farmers and producers who follow the guidelines strictly and undergo regular inspections. 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up an organic certification program. This means any farmer or food producer selling organic food must meet strict government standards.

If you decide to choose organic, it’s important to look for the USDA organic seal.

Also, watch for these statements on food labels, so you can identify food that is truly organically grown:

  • 100% organic. This product is made entirely from organic ingredients.
  • Organic. At least 95% of the ingredients in this product are organic.
  • Made with organic ingredients. At least 70% of the ingredients are organic.

If a product contains less than 70% organic ingredients, it cannot be labeled organic or use the USDA seal.

Making the Organic Choice

Making the switch to organic products is a positive step toward a healthier lifestyle and a more sustainable planet. Whether you’re buying fruits and vegetables, meat, or pantry staples, opting for organic means choosing products that are beneficial for both you and the environment.

At Jubilee Marketplace, we are committed to providing a wide selection of certified organic products. Visit us to explore our range and make the healthier, eco-friendly choice for your family.

Embracing organic is not just about what we eat; it's a holistic approach to a more natural and sustainable way of living. Let’s make conscious choices together, for our health and for the planet.

Let's make a difference, starting locally. 

With love, 

The Jubilee Marketplace Team, 145 West St. Brooklyn, NY 11222, @jubileemarketplace, Tiktok