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All About Organic

This page is your portal to a wide variety of information about organic food and organic products. We invite you to peruse these pages and feel free to provide us your feedback, your comments and your questions. We look forward to working with you to create a greener world for ourselves and for generations to come.

Why Organic?

This article, Why Organic? talks about why you might choose organic food over conventionally grown food.

Discover the health benefits of organic coconut including coconut butter and coconut oil. This is one saturated fat that's actually good for you.

What Is Organic?

This article, What Is Organic? answers questions about what organic food and organic products are.

Organic, It's Worth It!

Organic, It's Worth It is a website that provides a wealth of information about organic food, organic products and the organic industry. The site is run by the Organic Trade Association to provide trusted information and resources for consumers about organics in the US.

Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. OTA represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop. Over sixty percent of OTA trade members are small businesses, including shopOrganic.

About Organic Certifications

You may have noticed various symbols under the products on our site. We've listed the organic certification of products that are certified. For more information on organic certifications, click the link to read more about link organic certifications.

About Other Certifications

In addition to organic certifications, many of the products we offer also have other certifications. You can click this link to read more about cruelty free, fair trade and kosher certifications.

About Non-GMO Project Verified Seal

The Non-GMO Project Verified seal shows brands and products at that have enrolled products in the Non-GMO Product Verification Program. These products have been verified as meeting the Non-GMO Project Standard. While certified organic products do not contain GMOs, the Non-GMO Verified seal indicates the product has undergone a rigorous testing and verification process to ensure it is GMO-free. To learn more about this project, click here.

Identifying GMO Foods

Organic foods are by definition Non-GMO. If a food isn't certified organic, how can you tell if it is at risk? Following is a list of foods that are high-risk for being GMO if they aren't organic: Alfalfa, Canola, Corn, Cotton, Papaya (especially from Hawaii), Soy, Sugar Beets, Zucchini/Yellow Summer Squash.

Crops that are currently being monitored due to high possibility of contamination from drift are: Chard, Table Beets, Rutabaga, Siberian Kale, Bok Choy, Mizuna, Chinese Cabbage, Turnip, Rapini, Tatsoi, Acorn Squash, Delicata Squash, Patty Pan Squash, Flax and Rice.

Also, in packaged foods, these are the common ingredients that are likely to be derived from GMO Ingredients: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

Source: The Non-GMO Project

Ten Reasons To Go Organic

Looking for good reasons to go organic? We've got ten of them - well, actually, there are many more, but we narrowed it down to the top ten to help save time. Read 10 Reasons To Go Organic to see how going organic can make a difference in your life and in the world.

The Power of Antioxidants in Organic Food

This article, Organic Food and Antioxidants discusses scientific evidence showing that organically produced fruits and vegetables are up to 30% higher in antioxidants than conventionally grown produce. Learn why organic produce is higher in antioxidants and how to get the most bang for your organic buck.

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