Eating Well

What’s Better, “Local” Or “Organic” Veggies?

vegetable01What’s better for your health, “local” vegetables or “organic” vegetables? The answer, unsurprisingly, is all of the above– locally grown organic vegetables. What is surprising is the results of a study by researchers at the University of Florida that found that many people don’t know the difference between “local” and “organic.” In fact, 17 percent of the 2,511 people surveyed thought the terms were interchangeable. Wait, there’s more: 22 percent thought “local” means non-genetically modified. Wrong. There are, unfortunately, some good reasons for the confusion. For one thing, the definition of “local” food varies by jurisdiction in the U.S. Read this to learn more. “Organic,” at least according to the government, means that the food was grown without synthetic pesticides, among other things. The USDA organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge and genetically modified organisms were not used. Read more from the University of Florida.


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