Is your son Irish or does he go to a private school?
The above question is not dissimilar from the title of this article. The term Heirloom refers to the heritage of a given seed/plant/fruit, while the term Organic refers to the manner in which the seed/plant/fruit is cultivated. For example, you can have an Organic Cucumber plant that is packed full of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), and you can have an Heirloom Tomato plant which has all kinds of nasty chemicals throughout.
I always advise people to be careful not to waste their money buying "Organic" fruits and vegetables, but to first do their homework and make sure they're properly investing (because, we all know buying Organic is NOT cheap). Check the label:
100% Organic: Product must contain 100% organically sourced ingredients (excludes water and salt). This is the only certification that guarantees a truly organic product and completely free of GMOs. >>This is your best bet
Certified Organic / USDA Organic: At least 95% of the content is organic by weight (excludes water and salt).
Made with Organic: Up to 70% of the ingredients are from organic sources (notice the sales language of "up to"!).
Finally, I would recommend getting your own Heirloom seeds, and raising your own fruit and vegetables. It's not unheard of to produce thousands of organic heirloom tomatoes, thousands of organic heirloom cucumbers, hundreds of pounds of organic heirloom potatoes, hundreds of organic heirloom ears of corn, and more with a family garden. What you don't eat, you can dehydrate, freeze-dry, give to friends, or can to eat later!
(Yes, that's a Genetically Engineered Orange with Frog DNA in the image!)
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