Your Organic Food Might Not Be Organic After All!
Gone are the days that an organic seal used to be a pointer to high quality food. With the entrance of big corporate companies into the scene, the attitude has not been the same. Their mass producing idea has invited some negative reviews since they are centered on making money and not providing quality like the case was when they never existed. The value of the organic seal that is commonly used by them has reduced in value and has lost the meaning that it had when it was founded.
Buy Local And Organic
Reminiscing on what the organic seal was built on, the label achieved the following:
- Make food safety a priority
- Guaranteeing better food; fresh, tasty and more nutritious.
- Encouraging eco-friendly farming methods which are basically organic (without considering accreditation from USDA)
- Support local upcoming farmers in the society.
If you want to access truly organic food from the dedicated farmers but you have no means of accessing their produce there is the option of buying from the supermarkets. Theirs is not always organic in essence (when compared to farmers’ produce), but they do provide a meaningful alternative that is convenient and eco-friendly. That is where the problems make an entrance.
Most of the store purchased produce has a 50% chance that it is not as organic as it is preached to be. The findings are from USDA, a reliable source. Don’t be all sad and gloomy that you have no means of accessing 100% organic food. There are some things you need to know first.
What is healthy?
Healthy goes beyond the status of organics in China. It is past the principle of pesticide free food. Locavores, that have played a principle role in giving a back to the small farmers help ensure that the food is produced in an eco-friendly manner and that the workers that facilitated that are rewarded equally.
Permaculture is another such group that is the hope at the light at the end of the healthy food tunnel. It lays focus on the balance of the ecosystem and the relationship that builds them that include players like animals, water and habitat. The group believes that by exploring the connections that build up this self sustaining system, and following those very same rules, food grown through them will qualify as healthy.
Identify healthy from a mile away.
These simplified guidelines will help give you a picture of what healthy high quality food really is.
- Not modified genetically.
- It is grown in a sustainable way. Sustainable in this case means that their water was regulated and kept on a minimum, and natural fertilizers made from animal wastes were used.
- It’s not from a factory farm.
- It is fresh (fresh conventional is the wiser choice as opposed to wilted organic produce.)
- It’s grown naturally, without pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
- It contains none of the antibiotics and growth hormones.
- It is grown in respect to the laws of nature with the animals playing their part in maintaining the farm ecosystem.
- It contains no artificial anything, including preservatives.
How healthy a food is goes beyond the label and it has to adhere to the listed guide. The best solution is to have your home organic garden. At least then you rest assured that what you eat is truly organic.
This USDA organic seal is your best bet for truly organic. It provides the international standard for organic personal care. It gives meaning to the word organic. USDA organic seal products are in accordance with very high standards since they are intended for human consumption. This means that the manufacturers for any product containing this seal have to adhere to the highest standards.
Any farm, wild crop harvester or handler who wants to sell their products under the label organic has to meet USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) criteria. They can, as longs as their produce is raw, fresh or processed with organic ingredients that are purely agricultural.
If there are pesticides used, gene engineering fertilizers (sewage or sludge based) then a product cannot be deemed organic. They also have to have employed organic methods during their farming practices, all while promoting biodiversity.
- 100% organic means the product contains 100% organically produced material
- Simply organic means the organic composition is about 95%
- Made with organic ingredients means 70% to 95% are organic ingredients.
The criteria for ‘organic’ goes on and on: – no irradiation, no preservatives, no flavor enhancers, pesticide residue is at a minimal 5%.
USDA’s personal care products must contain 95% organic ingredients and zero sulfites.