Organic Produce: The Facts – Tufts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates labeling of organic foods, says organic fruits and vegetables must be grown without the use of most synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, and the seeds cannot be genetically engineered. Surveys done over the years show that organic produce is often (but not always) more costly to grow and thus more expensive than conventional produce. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether or not to buy organic produce, according to the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter.

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  1. And the outcome of this article is ….?

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  2. This article doesn’t touch on the state of the ground the produce is grown in, which I believe is key to an organic certification. Because synthetic pesticides and fertilizers can be retained in soil for multiple growing seasons, which may then be absorbed by the plants, USDA has set a requirement that the ground used for crop production must not have any restricted substances applied within 3 years of harvest of an organic crop.

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