2014 in upon us and so are some more Essential Questions/EQ's. For the month of January we will be talking about various topics related to fruits & Vegetables. I'm looking forward to receiving more amazing work from RES scholars. Happy New Year!!!
Essential Questions of the week January, 6 2014
1. What makes a food organic?
Organic foods are regulated by the USDA. The key factors that make something organic refers to how farmers grow and process crops and livestock. Specific USDA regulations for organic foods are listed below:
- Fruits & Vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.
- Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
- emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
- A farmer must pass a strict inspection by a government approved inspector before they can sell organic foods
Organic foods have grown from $3.6 billion to $24.4 billion dollars in the last 10 years. Since there is so much money to be made in organic foods, look for the USDA 100% organic seal. Sometimes foods are labeled as containing organic ingredients and are allowed to do so as long as there are no genetically modified ingredients.
2. How many fruits & vegetables should you eat each day?
Most kids should eat between 1½ cups and 2½ cups of vegetables a day and 1 and 1½ cups of fruit a day. Take a look at this link if you want more detailed information Fruits & Vegetables
In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens can be considered as 1 cup from the Vegetable Group. The chart lists specific amounts that count as 1 cup of vegetables (in some cases equivalents for ½ cup are also shown) towards your recommended intake.
Chart of specific vegetables
In general, 1 cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or ½ cup of dried fruit can be considered as 1 cup from the Fruit Group. The following specific amounts count as 1 cup of fruit (in some cases equivalents for ½ cup are also shown) towards your daily recommended intake:
Chart of specific fruits