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How often do you choose organic?

August 3, 2012 | Amy VanHaren

Choosing organic is important for you and your family

Make 1 of every 10 items in your cart organic, and you’ll help organic grow.

You’re looking over red bell peppers in the store, when you realize both organic and nonorganic peppers are available. Both the nonorganic and organic peppers look fresh, beautiful and free of bruises and scrapes. You notice that the organic peppers cost a bit more. Which do you choose?

Tight budgets and the limited availability of organic food keep most of us from choosing all organic all the time. But you don’t have to buy organic all the time to make a healthy difference and support organic agriculture.

If you make just 1 of every 10 items in your cart organic, you’ll create demand for more organic food, more organic choices in our stores and more organic farms and farmers in the world.

About 4% of foods and drinks sold in the US are organic. So choosing organic 10% of the time (1 of every 10 items in your cart), helps boost demand.

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Which food should you buy organic?
The short answer? It’s up to you.

Some choose organic dairy to avoid food produced with the use of antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones.

Others buy organic food mainly for their children, because they’ve heard that babies, toddlers and kids are more vulnerable than adults to pesticide exposure.

Many choose organic when buying those fruits and veggies that typically carry the heaviest pesticide residues, like apples, celery and bell peppers. (See Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce to learn more.)

And others choose organic to support the humane treatment of animals, because they know organic farmers are held to stringent animal care standards.

Every organic purchase does some good.

Every organic purchase supports agricultural methods less likely to expose farmers to dangerous, toxic chemicals. And every organic purchase supports farming methods that don’t contaminate the environment with toxic, persistent pesticides.

When you choose Stonyfield, you help us support more than 200,000 acres of organic farmland, which avoids the use of 200,000 pounds of toxic persistent pesticides.

Regardless of how, or which foods, you choose to buy organic, you can know your organic purchase is a healthy one.

"You don’t have to buy organic all the time to make a healthy difference and support organic agriculture."

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