Buy Organic - The Healthier Choice For You and the Environment

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Buying organic can be more expensive, but in many cases the benefits of buying organic outweighs the cost. The best way to help bring down the cost of organic food, is to create more demand for it. Do you know how to do that? It's very simple. We create more demand for organic food, by buying it.

You may not realize this, but as consumers, we have a lot of influence over manufacturers and suppliers. And if we want more organic products, we can get them. Learn more about the influence we have and the benefits of buying organic, from Big Green Purse.

Though some green products, such as organic milk or chlorine-free toilet paper, cost more than conventional products, the whole point to living an eco-friendly lifestyle is to use - and buy - less overall.

Diane MacEachern, author of the new book Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World (Penguin Group, 2008, $17.95 paperback), said consumers should stop and think before buying any product, green or not.

Once you've made the decision to buy organic, the next step is to understand the labeling, because it can be very confusing (and misleading).

For example, the words "all natural" may sound good, but they don't mean much. Unless the label says USDA Certified Organic, the product did not go through the rigorous certification process that organic products must go through. Don't be fooled by deceptive labeling, The words "all natural" and "naturally grown" can be slapped on just about any product.

Do you buy organic?

Also See:

Organic on the Cheap - 10 Strategies

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at Catherine-Morgan.com, Capessa Health, Women 4 Hope

 

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