The number-one thing you can do to make your diet more organic is to shop at a farmer’s market that sells organic produce. Just make sure that you’re buying from smaller farms that actually make their own foods -- it’s okay to ask questions at the market!
If you don’t have the luxury of a nearby farmer’s market, it’s also possible to shop organic at your regular local grocery store. When you’re buying fruit, look for a five-digit code beginning with a nine on the sticker -- this means it’s organic.
Also look into food co-ops or CSAs, which are groups of people who go in together on a big batch of organic foods and then split the goodies. Do some research -- you might even be able to get organic veggies delivered right to your door. All this has the added benefit of making sure your organic food is local, too -- organic food flown in from, say, Chile, with all the fossil fuel it takes to get delivered, isn’t much better than a nonorganic apple in terms of environmental footprint.
Nestpert: Jacque Mular, MS, RD and MA in psychology
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