Certified organic food does not contain genetically engineered organisms.

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Buying Groceries Tips

Buying Organic Food
Reasons you should buy organic food:
  • For a better taste
  • To prevent soil erosion
  • To save energy
  • To protect water quality
  • To promote biodiversity
  • To keep chemicals off your plate
  • Certified organic means GE-free
  • To protect farm workers
  • To help small farmers
  • To support a true economy
Find out where to buy organic in your area: Biological Farmers of Australia
Many products that we buy are over-packaged and as soon as we get home the packaging is thrown in the bin, or at best it is recycled. Packaging now accounts for a third of all household waste. Most packaging ends up in the landfill where it takes a long time to decompose and can give off harmful gases and toxins that pollute the air and water. To cut down on packaging, consumers need make smart choices - such as using re-usable green bags. Try to avoid unnecessary packaging when you purchase individual and over-packaged items to help reduce your financial and environmental costs. 
Eating Locally
Buying local food not only helps local farmers thrive, it reduces energy consumption. A lot of energy is expended freezing, refrigerating, and trucking that food around. Eating locally grown food means less fossil fuel burned in preparation and transport. Local food can often be healthier too. Even when it’s not organic, small farms tend to use fewer chemicals on their produce, fruits and meats than large factory farms.

Many grocery shops label where the fruits, vegetables, meats, and other fresh foods they sell come from. Make a point to buy local when possible.
Ways to Avoid Excess Packaging
Consider the following:
  • Avoid buying fruit and vegetables that come in plastic trays or are wrapped in plastic.
  • Buy in bulk or economy-sized containers. Any excess can often be stored in air-tight containers or frozen for later.
  • Cut down on take-out, whose wrappers and packages makes up a large percentage of packaging waste. Packing food and drinks if you’re going to be out and about will cut down on this. You can also use your own reusable cup in many coffee shops.
  • Buy re-usable, rather than disposable, items wherever possible.
  • Where packaging is unavoidable, look for packaging that’s made from recycled products and which is recyclable.

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