Sometimes it seems like the more good intentions I have for this planet and the people and animals on it, the more complicated my shopping becomes. In some ways, that’s good. I think more about the purchases I make and when I buy things that are organic, “Made in the U.S.A.”, sustainably harvested, animal-friendly, or recycled, they tend to be of a higher quality. In some ways, it’s harder and it takes more time, especially when you have to consider things like whether the organic fruit grown in Chile a better or worse buy than the non-organic fruit grown in the state where you live.
In the end, we can only do our best, and “Make it count: What “organic” labels really mean”, an article by the Editors of Consumer Reports, makes it easier for us to make the right choices when it comes to buying organic. It’s a simple guide with tips on buying organic; if the label says “Made with Organic Ingredients,” that means that 70% of the ingredients are organic; buying organic cherries and strawberries makes sense because those fruits tend to have higher concentrations of pesticides; and other excellent guidelines to help you make smart organic purchases.