Albertsons, Helping Customers Go Organic
In recent years, genetically modified foods have become a rising concern for global populations. At scale, questionable production methods may pose severe threats to our environment. But even if you don’t care about the environment, the unnatural food you consume may carry significant health risks. With more access to nutritional information than ever, consumers are seeking cleaner, healthier, and more natural choices for their pantry and home. Not surprisingly, youth are leading the charge. According to the Organic Trade Association, 52% of Millennials account for all of the organic shoppers today.
Organic enlightenment is a real thing. Additional reports conducted by Nielson show that in 2017 alone, 88% of households in the U.S. purchased organic food and beverages. But even though organic consumption is undeniably growing, many still question a full transition to organic products. How real is the change to our surroundings and our bodies? It feels good to say we are going organic, but what if we can’t afford it?
Consider this article your first class – Organic 101. Let’s cover a few critical organic pillars. It’s important to understand how things are classified as “organic.” It is also crucial to identify a few commonly accepted health and environmental benefits. Finally, the Marketplace Journal has the pleasure of being able to direct you to some of the most popular organic products to existing on the market.
What Classifies a Food or Product as Organic?
Farmers who grow organically leverage a wide range of practices to ensure their harvest produces healthy, sustainable food. It’s important to note that in the United States, products certified by the USDA are grown and processed according to federal guidelines. The reliance on all-natural substances is a critical component of organic farming. USDA organic standards also include but are not limited to:
- No use of harsh chemicals or syntenic pesticides
- No use of genetically modified organisms
- No use of fertilizers made of petroleum products
- Non-bioengineered genes
Not all organic products include the official USDA label. However, carrying this label assures that the producer meets the USDA guidelines. Click here to read more on USDA certification regulations.
Organic Impact Personal Health and Environmental Wellness
Why are organic foods a healthier choice than non-organic? Organic foods contain higher levels of nutrients like antioxidants and omega-3 acids than non-organically produced foods. People who consume organically grown foods also have a lower risk of ingesting harmful chemicals. In 2014, the British Journal of Nutrition found that organically grown crops were less likely to contain detectable levels of pesticides. Because of differences in fertilization techniques, they were also 48% less likely to test positive for cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that accumulates in the liver and kidneys. Environmentally, the same pesticides used by non-organic producers may be fatal for honeybee populations. Non-organic farming may also damage soil, contributing to critical land issues like erosion. For over 30 years, The Rodale Institute has been conducting a long-standing comparative Farming Systems Trial. The trial has shown that organic farming systems build up organic matter in soil, making it more sustainable.
Of course, everyone needs to conduct their own research. When you do, you will quickly find there is no shortage of information on the health and environmental benefits of going organic.
Organics Are Now More Accessible and Affordable
You're probably wondering, "is organic out of my budget?" Not necessarily. O Organics® products reflect uncompromising purity and quality, from the pure source of the food to the purity of what you are eating. The line features more than 1,500 products across every aisle, all of which carry the USDA certified organic seal. In 2018, the brand introduced over 400 new items including expanding into non-food with USDA-certified organic laundry detergents. Each of the O Organics® labels is sent to Quality Assurance International (QAI) for review and approval before they’re available to the general public. QAI is a leading advocate for certified organic production. They are committed to fostering increased consumer trust in the organic label. O Organics® is on a mission to make great-tasting organic food available to everyone at a great value. You can purchase O Organics® at thousands of grocery stores across the country. If you do not have a store near you, you can also order a select group of O Organics® products exclusively via Albertsons Marketplace, and have them shipped right to your door. The O Organics® line is committed to offering only the best products for creating delicious, healthy and affordable meals and snacks that everyone will enjoy.
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