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Organic. It's Worth It in Schools Fact Sheet

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Organic. It's Worth It.

For you and your family:

•    Organic is the most heavily regulated food system, ensuring products you can trust.
•    Organic food is the only food certified by the USDA to have no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, irradiation and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
•    Certified organic growers must abide by safe and hygienic food production standards, and be in compliance with local, state and federal health standards.
•    Research shows that consuming organic foods is a great way to reduce exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides.
•    Mounting evidence shows that organically grown fruits, vegetables and grains may offer more of some nutrients, including vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.

For your planet:

•    Organic farmers build healthy soils without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, helping to combat climate change and reduce the toxic load in the environment.
•    The organic label stands for verifiable environmentally friendly practices, ensuring consumers that the organic products they buy support the health of the planet.
•    Organic farming avoids the use of petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
•    Organic practices help safeguard the environment and protect natural habitats.

For animals:

•    Animal welfare is a basic principle of organic production.
•    Animals raised organically are given access to the outdoors and allowed to exhibit their natural behaviors.
•    Organic animals are raised without the use of antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.
•    Organic animals must be maintained under conditions that provide for exercise, freedom of movement and reduction of stress.