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A wealth of information about organic is available online:

Organic, It’s Worth ItOrganic Trade AssociationThe Organic CenterThe National Organic Standards Board

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How can you avoid chemical additives in your food?

Go organic! Organic food contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Minor ingredients used in organic food must come from a list of approved substances that have been evaluated for safety and their impact on both human and environmental health. By law, these ingredients must make up 5% or less of the total ingredients used […]

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Organic’s benefits more than skin deep

The Organic Center has posted a blog in response to those who suggest that buying organic is less important for fruits and vegetables that can be peeled. Pesticides don’t stop at the peel. While the peel can act as a barrier that slows pesticide absorption, some pesticides can penetrate deep into the fruit or vegetable […]

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Shoppers hungry for organic snacks

U.S. consumer sales of organic snacks climbed to nearly $1.8 billion in 2013, according to OTA’s 2014 Organic Industry Survey. Organic nuts, salty snacks and chocolate were among the items benefiting from growing consumer popularity, and increased in special diets. More details about the annual survey are in Marketplace Update, or online.

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U.S. organic sales surpass $35.1 billion

U.S. sales of organic products jumped to $35.1 billion in 2013, up 11.5% from last year, and experienced the fastest growth rate in five years, according to OTA’s 2014 Organic Industry Survey. “Consumers are making the correlation between what we eat and our health, and that knowledge is spurring heightened consumer interest in organic products,” […]

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A wealth of information about organic is available online:

Organic, It’s Worth ItOrganic Trade AssociationThe Organic CenterThe National Organic Standards Board

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Certified organic retailing in practice

Under the National Organic Program (NOP) regulation, retail stores selling organic products are not required to undergo organic certification. However, many have opted become voluntarily certified. Certified retailers include national chains, neighborhood co-ops and independent stores. All retailers are required by law to follow NOP rules regulating the handling of organic products, whether chose to […]

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Organic is non-GMO… and a whole lot more!

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is prohibited in organic products. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs, and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table. To learn more about GMOs, check out the following […]

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Organic: an affordable choice for families

Think a family on a budget can’t eat all organic all the time? Think again. With proper planning and preparation, families of four can enjoy three organic meals every day for less than $25, according to tips and recipe suggestions offered by the Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center. Click here for recipe cards […]

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Organic produce a major driver of sales

The produce category has long been a major driver of overall organic sales. According to United Fresh Produce Association, both dollar and volume sales of organic fruits and vegetables skyrocketed 20% in 2013. The finding was published in the group’s FreshFacts on Retail report, released March 13, 14. The report goes on to state that […]

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