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Foods marketed as Certified Organic is the highest quality rating for consumers. The USDA sets high standards for foods marketed as Certified Organic
People are afraid of the pesticides, chemicals and genetically altered foods that may be sold on regular supermarket shelves.
As people search for safer, less altered, and chemical and bacteria free foods, they are either growing what they can themselves or searching out food growers and suppliers who subscribe to a code of natural farming and processing techniques.
This may also include growing organically.
Whole Foods, the popular trend, doesn't mean that everything is grown organically. It simply means the growing and processing has been done so as close to natural as possible.
The non regulated term “Whole Food” should indicate the plants haven’t been genetically modified with organisms (GMOs) or the foods produced hasn't been injected with artificial coloring's flavorings, or preservatives to assist in the marketing and longer shelf life.
Ideally plants grown from heirloom seeds, then harvested and processed without external or internal tampering would best fit the term whole foods.
Organic grown on the other hand means the food should have been totally grown using only organic methods, grown only with organic fertilizers using no chemicals or the use of preservatives.
Foods marketed as Certified Organic is the highest quality ranking for consumers.
The USDA sets high standards for foods that are marketed and sold Certified Organic. Only food grown and certified organic can use the USDA green label on their products.
Whole Foods is a rather new unregulated term and some unscrupulous suppliers may use the term to trick consumers when it may have been grown commercially using pesticides and GMO seeds.
At the market no one may be really able tell the difference in a stalk of celery between the regular produce and the organic produce, except in the price.
The Amish is one culture that grows most of their foods organically, which would also be considered as Whole Foods.
Many Amish still use seeds saved and harvested each year, from original stock seeds passed down over generations of Amish farmers.
Although the Amish grow organically for their own families, those Amish who sell commercially seek the extra USDA Organic Certification so outside consumers will recognize it as truly grown organic.
Some people want to process their own foods at home in order to control the ingredients and know for sure there’s no artificial or preservative ingredients added.
They will purchase foods in bulk such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and then home process and preserve them.
Before grocery stores existed almost every family used home processed foods from home gardens and local growers where they purchased items in bulk.
Those same processing techniques and equipment are still available. It does require an initial investment. But once the equipment is purchased it usually will last a lifetime.
You will find processing equipment and supplies at such back-to-basics stores like Cottage Craft Works .com
Cottage Craft Works also sells Amish organic certified grains, and flour, as well as old time garden push cultivators and gardening equipment used by the Amish in growing and processing food items.