To Buy Or Not to Buy Organic: What You Need to Know to Choose the Healthiest, Safest, Most Earth-Friendly Food

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Da Capo Press, Mar 17, 2009 - Cooking - 240 pages
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Food journalist and former professional chef Cindy Burke writes in the introduction to this book: "Organic food can be so expensive and difficult to find that I always wondered if I was spending my money wisely. I decided to become informed, really informed, about the options — organic, conventional, local, sustainable — so that I could choose the healthiest, safest food available." To Buy or Not to Buy Organic is the result of Burke's investigations. It tells you how to choose the healthiest, safest, most earth-friendly food, as you make your way through the supermarket, your local farmer's market, or your natural foods store. Highlights include: Making sense of the choices presented by organic, local, sustainable, minimally treated, grass-fed and cage-free foods Reducing your exposure to pesticides Save money by knowing the foods you want to eat only if they're organic and the foods that are pesticide-free even when they are nonorganic Protecting your child's health from pesticides An at-a-glance shopper's guide to more than 100 foods
  

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Review: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic: What You Need to Know to Choose the Healthiest, Safest, Most Earth-Friendly Food

User Review  - Jasmine Pulley - Goodreads

Really helpful to learn the basics of this question, whether or not to buy organic and what foods are most harmful. She gives a great overview of the history of pesticides to their function in modern day usage. Read full review

Review: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic: What You Need to Know to Choose the Healthiest, Safest, Most Earth-Friendly Food

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

Although I found the first part of the book to be a bit repetitive and had some qualms about her claims regarding testing for pesticide toxicity, I found this to be a very well-rounded book. It gives ... Read full review

Contents

Why Choose Qrganics?
1
How Pesticide Exposure Impacts Your Health
13
Growing Organic Foods
35
Qrganic Economics
65
Twelve Foods to
78
Where to Find Healthy Food
135
AFTERWORD
153
HOPPING GUIDE
179
ENDNOTES
191
GLOSSARY
199
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
209
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About the author (2009)

Cindy Burke is the coauthor, with Kim Severson (now the New York Times's high-profile food reporter), of The Trans-Fat Solution. She writes often about food, organic farming, and nutrition for numerous publications. She studied at the school for American Chefs in Northern California's Napa Valley, before working as a chef and food consultant. She lives with her family in Seattle, Washington.

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