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Many factors may influence your decision to buy — or not buy — organic food. Consider these factors:

Nutrition

No conclusive evidence shows that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food. And the USDA — even though it certifies organic food — doesn't claim that these products are safer or more nutritious.

Quality and appearance

Organic foods meet the same quality and safety standards as conventional foods. The difference lies in how the food is produced, processed and handled. You may also find that organic fruits and vegetables spoil faster because they aren't treated with waxes or preservatives. Also, expect less-than-perfect appearances in some organic produce — odd shapes, varying colors and perhaps smaller sizes.

In most cases, however, organic foods look identical to their conventional counterparts. To know for sure that a product is organic, read package labels and look for the USDA organic seal.

(Source: The Mayo Clinic, online at www.mayoclinic.com.)



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