HOW ORGANIC IS IT?

Organic food is food that has been grown or raised without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, weed killers, or drugs. However, one must not assume that foods labeled “natural,” “sustainable,” “hormone-free,” or “free-range” are necessarily organic products. The use of those labels is not regulated by the U.S. government or any of its controlling agencies. Therefore, any distributor can, “if they please” use the previously mentioned labels, although, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed labeling rules for organic foods.

A seal and the word “organic” can be displayed on organic foods. This seal is not mandatory, so some organic foods may not be labeled as such even though they are organic. But what would be the reasons why people might want to purchase “organic.”

Some say that they are worried about the environment. Some want to avoid chemicals, especially pesticides, in their food. Foods with the organic label have much less pesticide residue compared with most nonorganic foods. Foods grown with pesticides can have small amounts of pesticide left on them by the time they reach the consumers.

Studies have shown that being exposed to large amounts of pesticides can cause harm. But they have not shown that the amounts of pesticides left on most nonorganic foods are enough to cause health effects such as cancer, adverse reproductive outcome, and immunological effects.

Nonetheless, there is not enough evidence to say that organic food is more nutritious than nonorganic food, nor that organic food tastes better, just because it’s organic. But organic food is usually fresher, because it doesn’t contain preservatives and it needs to be eaten sooner.

Fresher food usually tastes better.  (Unless it’s cold pizza)

Here are some other reasons why one might opt for Organic Foods

  • It’s more Humane.

Much of the country’s organic milk and meat comes from small farms, where animals are often given more space to roam than those at larger factory farms.

  • It may reduce your risk of getting Mad Cow

Organic meat can’t have any animal by-products in its feed, which is a primary contributor to mad-cow disease.

  • It’s getting more accessible.

One question still remains: HOW “ORGANIC” IS IT? 

Products labeled “organic” must consist of 95 percent organically produced ingredients, but products that contain only 70 percent organic ingredients can use the phrase “Made with organic ingredients.”

Again read the labels carefully.

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7 responses to “HOW ORGANIC IS IT?

  1. Love this post~all so true on the misleading labels. It is nice to see a balanced attitude toward pesticides and such. I’m seeing so many people start small family farms, and we raise hens for eggs, but we can’t demonize big ag. It was necessary in order for the industrial rev. to allow us to specialize in other areas as a culture. There are definitely problems with big agriculture, and I do buy meat from a farm that is organic/grass fed for much of what we eat, but I’d love to see us continue to try and improve big ag. since it is unrealistic for everyone to revert to providing all their own food. My guess is that as the economy tanks and the nation starts to change, one element, if the laws allow, will be more of us getting food from a farms near us that are just a second ‘job’ for those families since it is hard for them to be sustained financially on farming alone.

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