Organic foods are grown, stored and packed without the use of toxic chemicals, with a view to a more holistic process that benefits the environment, the soil, animals and humans.

Many studies show that organic foods have more nutrients than foods grown conventionally - this could be because organic foods are grown in nutrient rich soils that are fed organic fertilizers and composts, which are so good for the soil, ensuring it is rich and fertile.

There are many options today for buying organic foods:

Farmers market - your local farmer's market is a great place to find certified organic, chemical free or non-pesticide foods that are in season from you local farmers. They will also stock conventionally grown foods, but at least they will be fresh. Farmer's markets are a great way to support your local community and reduce your carbon footprint by buying food that is local

Health food stores - almost all health food stores stock dry produce (pasta, rice, flour, crackers, nuts, seeds), as well as personal care products, but a few more are starting to stock fresh produce, such as bread, fruits and vegetables. Most have loyalty programs which reward you for purchases or special days with reduced prices, so they can be beneficial to join

Food co-ops - there are many food co-ops all around the country, at least one in every large city, where you can buy many different types of food (both products and dry goods) in bulk. Most of the food that co-ops stock is organic, but they may also stock some conventional foods (usually dry produce), if they cannot find the organic version. Food co-ops are a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint

Supermarkets - most supermarkets have a special section for their organic produce, yet others integrate their organic produce with their conventional produce. Ask your local supermarket how they store their organic foods, both groceries and dry foods so that you can find what you want quickly and easily

Look for food that is certified organic to be sure that the food you have purchased is 100% organic - your food will have a sticker on it to denote the type of certification and the words "certified organic".

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Zaklina Trajcevska is the creator of, an informational web site which aims to educate people about nutrition and health. Zaklina Trajcevska is passionate about nutrition and health and has a BSc degree.