In all likelihood, you pass the organic food aisle with a sense of either excitement or curiosity--or perhaps even baffled distaste.
However, if you haven't taken an intrepid journey into the world of organic food, there's no time like the present. Lots of other people apparently think so too: the organic food trends are making this sector the fastest-growing sector in the US food marketplace.
Requirements for which foods can be labeled organic are pretty strict, ensuring that the items you're buying are naturally manufactured.
In America, the United States Department of Agriculture is the body that approves and maintains standards for the production of organic food.
This is because the word 'organic' refers to the farming processes that lead to the carrot or steak in front of you. So what's so different about the way these foods are manufactured, and what are the benefits of purchasing them over traditional foods? For one thing, there's an argument to be made that organic farming is better for the environment and your body.
Non-organic farming uses pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that can seep into your food, and eventually into your system. Not what you want, is it? Another plus: organic farms don't use as much energy as traditional farms, and it's requirement that organic meat sources come from farms where the animals have access to the outdoors.
So you also get points for being ethical when you choose to buy organic! You can make the switch to organic gradually by swapping a few produce or meat items out each time you're in the store. Most large grocers have a section devoted exclusively to organic items. Or you can make the plunge and shop at a farmer's market in your area (remember to look for the organic label) or at Whole Foods. Happy healthy eating!