Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What You Need to Know about Organic Food

While organics are being commonplace in today's food market, many consumers are still unaware of the benefits and differences in organic and conventionally produced foods. This article from the Shelby Star points out variations in the two types of food production as well as giving consumers five helpful tips for shopping for organics.

What You Need to Know about Organic Food

Organic foods are now part of the mainstream food supply as fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, eggs, canned goods, cereals and snack foods are flooding the store shelves.

Based on consumer demand for organic food products, sales are projected to grow at an astonishing rate. Baby boomers, those aged 44 to 62, represent a large percentage of organic food consumers. They are more likely to buy locally produced foods and want to eat healthy and live well. They also have money to indulge their preferences.

While most people believe that organic foods are healthier, their higher cost is a deterrent. Organic foods cost an average of 50 percent more than conventionally grown produce. Nonetheless, organic food sales are increasing and are no longer available only in health food stores. Comparative shopping and purchasing "in-season" produce will help keep personal food budgets in line.

Read the entire story here.

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