People often ask if organic is really that much better. It often costs more – sometimes much more. In today’s economy buying organic and feeling a family on a budget can take a lot of planning and often extra work. Is it worth it? I think so. That’s why I sit on the Board of Directors of The Organic Center. Over the next five days, we will publish the Center’s Top 12 Reasons to Go Organic, complied by my good friend, Dr. Chuck Benbrook.

I’d love to hear your candid thoughts and ideas for how you shop to get the best foods at affordable prices.

Thanks for reading! Dr. Greene

12. Create Healthier Working Environments for Farmworkers and Rural Neighbors. Farming is second only to mining on the list of the most hazardous occupations. Unless great care is exercised, exposures to toxic pesticides, caustic fertilizers, and other chemicals will pose risks for many people working on or living near farms. Organic farmers simply do not use high-risk chemical materials and so workers, and rural neighbors, have one less health risk to worry about.

11. Organic Food Delivers More Intense Flavors. Organic fruits and vegetables more often than not have higher levels of flavor-enhancing nutrients, coupled with lower concentrations of water and sugars. The end result–typically more intense and complex flavors. Plus, no artificial food colors or preservatives are added to any organic foods.

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