Harmful Compounds in Our Food


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Go Organic?

Organic foods are usually good for the environment. But they're often hard on your wallet: The USDA found the costs of organic fruits and vegetables typically run more than 20% higher than conventional produce. Sometimes the difference is much higher, especially for things like organic milk and eggs.

Are they worth the extra expense? In some cases, yes. It may lower your exposure to chemicals and artificial ingredients. In others, it may not be healthier than buying conventionally grown products. Some basic information can help you make the smartest choices for your budget and the health of your family.

What "Organic" Means

The term refers to the way food is grown, handled, and processed. These practices are meant to protect the environment. The government has strict standards for its "USDA Organic" seal:

Produce must be grown without the use of most conventional pesticides, fertilizers that aren't naturally made, sewage sludge, radiation, and genetically modified organisms. Animals can't be given antibiotics or hormones...

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