In response to popular demand, Green Farmer’s Market of Plainfield, N.J., has created an organic food department with cereals, juices, sauces, snacks, pasta, eggs, yogurt, fruit and vegetables – including gluten free foods. What is organic food?
It is generally grown without biotechnology, artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or irradiation (which is used to kill bacteria). The way the crops are grown must adhere to specific standards of the United States Department of Agriculture. Animals raised on organic farms are not confined all the times (as they are on many other farms), eat only feed grown organically and are raised with no antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.
Daniel Blake, chief executive officer of EcoScraps, which recycles food waste into natural, organic garden products, cites 13 benefits of organic food. They are stringent standards, free of genetic modications, better for the soil, better for the water, innovate research by organic farmers, increase biodiversity by growing more heirloom vegetables, increases consumer choices, harmonious with nature, protects family farms and rural communities, fresher and better tasting, using food from your community, sustainable seafood choices and safer and more humane animal products.