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What does "Organic" mean?

The term “Organic” refers to the way some foods are grown and processed. There are specific requirements that must be met for a food to be labeled as organic. These include:

Is organic food more nutritious?

Unfortunately, the evidence remains unclear. Some studies have found organically grown fruits to contain more vitamins and minerals whilst other studies found no nutritional differences.

The main benefits may be found elsewhere. For example, people with allergies to chemicals or preservatives anecdotally find organic foods reduce the prevalence of their symptoms. Additional benefits include; organically raised animals are free from antibiotics and growth hormone and organic fruit and vegetables are often fresher as a result of a lack of preservatives.

What’s the best way to shop for organic foods?