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Why Eat Organic? Once found only in health food stores and at farmers’ markets, organic is now a regular feature alongside conventional food at Fred Meyer stores. Which should you choose? We break down some of the facts to help you shop.

Visit organicseveryday.com for yummy organic recipes, including a gluten-free Fresh Cherry Crisp.

What is Organic? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation.

First, organic produce contains fewer pesticides that can leave residue on (and in) the food we eat. Organic foods often taste fresher, too, because they are free of preservatives that make them last longer. Some studies have shown a small to moderate increase of nutrients in organic produce, such • NIC as flavonoids with antioxidant properties, ORGA DAY according to the Mayo Clinic. The reason: EVERY d re F er how In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, Discov elebrating s is c d idea Meyer plants boost their production of the phytonic. Fin s at a rg o eating 0 in coupon chemicals (vitamins and antioxidants) that m 0 and $1 everyday.co ics strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds. –26. organ 9 ly u from J Eating organic is also good for the environ• ment. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic farming reduces pollutants in groundwater and creates richer soil that aids plant growth while reducing erosion. It also decreases pesticides that can end up in drinking water. 12 Summer 2017 / Live Naturally

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