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Going Organic – One Small Environmental Step at a Time

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Going Organic – One Small Environmental Step at a Time

The organic revolution has grown from small beginnings into a large movement, fueled by people’s desire to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The National Organic Standards Board defines organic agriculture as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity”. As a response to the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, standards established that all products that bear the organic label are grown or processed free of additives, chemicals, hormones or pesticides. Under the regulations, the use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation and sewage sludge are also prohibited.

In order to identify organic food products approved by the National Organic Standards Board, look for the “USDA Organic” seal. Characterized by a circle with green and white colours, the organic label is generally placed directly on fruits and vegetables. If organic, the seal also appears on packaged products such as meat, eggs, cheese and all USDA approved products. For organic meat and dairy products, look for terms like free range or farm raised. Organic meat eliminates much of the chemicals, antibiotics and hormones put in commercial meats.

For your morning coffee, look for one that states that it is Rainforest alliance certified; meaning it was environmentally friendly grown. Using reusable coffee filters take you a step further to being an environmentalist.

Plastic shopping bags are not biodegradable. So, use paper or cloth ones. Help further by using recycled paper bags. If cloth bags are used, they can be washed and are reusable too. If you do use plastic, then keep them as laundry bags, lunch bags or trash can liners.

Clothing made from bamboo, cotton, Soya and other recyclable materials are eco-friendly. Brands like Lisa Miller and Linda Loudermilk make clothings from eco-friendly materials.

Fast foods should be avoided. Firstly they often use non-biodegradable containers. They do not typically use organic foods or healthy alternatives for frying because of the extra costs involved.

Practice composting. Instead of throwing away your orange peel, potato skins, bread ends or any unfinished foodstuff or wastes, bury them lightly to make a compost heap. Not only are you helping to do your part for the environment, you can even start your own organic garden with your compost soil.

Save paper by getting off the mailing list. Go paperless; go online, go on the Internet. Pay your bills over the phone or online through e banking. It will help to reduce junk mail.

Use a manual lawn mover in your yard than a gas powered or electric one. The new push mowers are very much improved compare to your grandparents ones. It will give you a good workout too. If you really cannot use a push mower, then opt for a battery operated one.

Chemicals in cleaning products might be harmful to you too and cause a lot of environmental issues. Use organic cleaning products instead. Natural cleaning products work just as well and are safer for your family. You can either buy organic cleaning products from your local store or even make your own.

The Chinese says ‘a journey of a thousand miles start with a first small step’, so start making the difference as your health and the health of your family depends on it.

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