Synopses & Reviews
In this timely, supremely practical guide to the question millions of consumers are faced with every day: "To Buy or Not to Buy Organic?" Seattle-based food journalist and former professional chef Cindy Burke helps readers make the right food choices as they make their way through their supermarket. Burke's crucially concerned with the use of pesticides, which are widely used to grow fruits and vegetables and which, even in trace amounts, have been linked to many cancers, infertility and birth defects. Among the topics she covers here (always from an extremely real-world perspective) are how to Know the difference between organic and non-organic food; Heal your body and avoid toxins; Find and buy safe food; Choose foods with the least risk to your health; and Pursue strategies to cut exposure to toxic chemicals.
Because organics have historically been and continue today to be more expensive than conventionally grown or produced food, Burke carefully confronts the key issue of cost--weighing the benefits of good health versus the higher price -- and offers strategies that will maximize your savings while helping to ensure your and your family's health -- and enjoyable eating.
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
About the Author
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.