Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 13, 2011
With a dismal economic outlook on the horizon, American's everyone are struggling and have to make difficult decisions with their money. American families are faced with the struggle to save money, and to put safe and healthy food on the table. Consumers are confronted with the question of whether organic is really the way to go. To complicate things further, many consumers have no idea of what the idea of being organic even means; let alone, if the price is worth it according to N2N Global.
“The USDA has taken the guess work out of that with national standards for the way that word is used. But know this, just because the label says organic, that does not necessarily mean the product healthier. ” says Angela Paymard, Chairwoman of the Orlando based, N2N Global.
Paymard’s Florida based company provides operations compliance, and food safety solutions for food companies which helps ensure the world’s food supply operates in an efficient and effective manner, resulting in a higher quality of food in the supply chain.
The federal government requires organic farmers adhere to certain soil and water conservation methods and the humane treatment of animals. Consumers can buy their organic products here in the United States or from other countries and know that the foods are free of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, irradiation or bioengineering.
“As with any food product, the consumer needs to read the label,” Paymard says.
Behind the label
-The organic label means that food is produced and processed according to USDA standards.
-Products where at least 95 percent of the foods ingredients are organically produced carry USDA Organic seal.
-Completely organic products such as fruits and vegetables, or eggs, are labeled 100 percent organic and carry a small USDA seal.
-Foods that contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients cannot use the seal or the word organic on their labels.
“It’s important that consumers do not confuse the word organic with other health buzz words such as, ‘free range’, all-natural’, or ‘ hormone free’. The USDA says only foods that are grown and processed according to their standards can be labeled as organic,” Paymard says. In addition she says, that there is no conclusive evidence that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food. “Organically grown food has to meet that same quality and safety standards as conventionally grown food.
Organic VS. Conventional
-Organically grown foods may spoil faster because they are treated with waxes and preservatives.
-Organic products may limit your exposure to chemicals, as conventional growers use pesticides to protect their crops from disease, insects and molds. Those pesticides can leave residue.
-Organic food cost more because of the farming techniques used. Because pesticides are not used, the methods for managing weeds and pests are labor intensive.
“ Some consumers say organic tastes better and fresher. But taste is subjective. No matter what you decide for yourself and your family, it’s alwasys best to find the freshest ingredients that you can. The best way you can keep your family healthy and food safe is to educate yourself and read the labels, “ Paymard reminds us all.
About N2N Global
N2N Global’s product suite brings powerful solutions for all members of the food supply chain. For Supply Side companies, N2N offers agri-ERP solutions, farm management, food safety, business analytics and traceability software. For direct to consumer and buy side companies, N2N offers food safety, compliance, and asset tracking tools to help ensure the food supply is properly managed for minimized risk.N2N Global provides comprehensive solutions for companies looking for ways to improve efficiencies, enhance profitability, and ensure food safety. To contact Angela Paymard directly, visit her on N2N’s twitter page http://www.twitter.com/n2nglobal. For more information, please visit http://www.n2nglobal.com.