A Field Guide to Buying Organic

by Luddene Perry (Author), Dan Schultz (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Perry, a teacher and consultant to the organic food industry,
and freelance writer Schultz skillfully guide readers through the complexities
of organic food production, distribution and consumption to help informed
purchasing decisions. They begin by detailing the history of organic farming;
federal regulations and the U.S.D.A. certification process; nonorganic practices
of concern for consumers (pesticides, hormones, genetically engineered organisms
and crops, etc.); and the effects of current production methods on the
environment and society. Then, they give an aisle-by-aisle guide to supermarket
and health food store shelves. Useful tools—such as label and ingredient
comparisons, a brand guide, explanations of processing methods—will allow
readers to confidently choose between conventional and organic products. In each
section, the authors offer quizzes for readers to pinpoint the concerns that
drive their choices: health, economic, environmental, social or culinary.
Readers whose main motivation is to safeguard health may be surprised to learn
that some organic products don't have clear advantages over conventional ones,
while those who seek the freshest, best-performing products may be inspired to
select organic items more frequently. Similarly, price-conscious shoppers will
discover that some organic products do offer definite advantages for only a few
cents more. The authors' balanced approach should appeal to those committed to
organics and skeptics alike.

Book Description
The definitive guide to healthful, affordable food shopping in the Organic
Age—from a pioneer in the organic movement

What does it really mean when a food is labeled organic? While many of us
believe there are good reasons to buy organic, what exactly are they? The
authors of this indispensable handbook sift fact from fiction to help you make
informed decisions that are right for you. Here is everything you need to know,
including when paying more for organic is worth it—and when it’s not. A Field
Guide to Buying Organic provides you with:

·Self-tests to determine your current organic-shopping habits—and the type of
organic shopper you want to become

·A primer on organic food standards, labels, and seals

·Health and quality comparisons of organically grown versus conventionally grown

·An aisle-by-aisle supermarket guide to information about the most popular
organic produce, dairy, meat and poultry, baked goods, nuts, seeds, grains,
convenience foods, and drinks

·The truth about pesticides, hormones, genetically modified foods (GMOs),
toxins, and bacteria

…Plus illustrations featuring product logos and contact information, and a
fascinating overview of the evolution of organics

Product Details

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam (January 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553590294



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