“Sticky fruit labels don’t only exist to annoy us, leave glue on our apples and end up on the bottoms of our shoes. They serve a useful function as well, like telling us if they’re conventional food, real food, or frankenfood.
So maybe you don’t care about where your fruit comes from. That’s fine. But I can tell you that lots of big corporations and lawyers and stockholders and accountants and bankers and politicians would prefer if you didn’t ask.“
We can only advice you: Prefer buying fresh local produce or in the farmer’s market, usually they sell fruits and vegs without a sticker or even better, grow your own food 🙂 That way you can also skip the litter that these stickers are part of.
Eating seasonally is the best, but it can be a little tricky to keep track of what’s available when. While one could always just take a stroll through the market to find out what’s at its prime, that can make meal planning a bit tricky. Instead, check out this guide PopSugar has put together (which you can also download/print), and you’ll know what to expect at your market, what to look forward to in months to come, and what to get your fill of before it’s gone.
If you are unable to tell which tomatoes are ripe or if that lettuce is fresh, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a helpful guide on how to select vegetables at the supermarket that LifeHacker has put it in an easy-to-scan, printable infographic format to save it on your phone or print it out and take it to the store, and you’ll always have the freshest veggies. Check it out below.
After thirty years of study, the Rodale Institute concludes that:
“organic methods are improving the quality of our food, improving the health of our soils and water, and improving our nation’s rural areas. Organic agriculture is creating more jobs, providing a livable income for farmers, and restoring America’s confidence in our farming community and food system.”