Your Organic Food Might Not Be Organic After All!

Local Organic ProduceImitation is the worst form of flattery when it comes to matters of food. Many imitations that are made in this industry are primarily built on making money.

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.

The labels

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.

Natural Products Association Seal

95% natural ingredients with synthetics allowed if deemed healthy.

EcoCert Seal

95% natural ingredients, 10% organic ingredients, recyclable packaging, no man made stuff like fragrances.

Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care Seal

Sulfates, chemical sunscreens not allowed. Max. 5% petroleum.

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3 Responses

  1. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) would like to point out that the organic label remains the gold standard of all eco-labels. Backed by a system of strict regulations requiring third-party inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed-record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water, as well as compliance with local, state and federal health standards, the organic label provides consumers assurance that they organic products they buy are indeed, organic, and are governed by consistent, enforceable standards.

    Strict, enforceable standards have been a part of the organic system since its inception and remain strong today. Thanks to the support of the Obama administration, which has advocated for greater human and financial resources for the National Organic Program, the future of organic looks bright. Such resources will help to ensure that organic continues to be the gold standard of eco-labels, and that it remains a symbol of integrity in which consumers can trust.

    OTA would also like to point out that if you are searching for the list of attributes outlined here (i.e.: no GMOs, no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics), organic is your best bet. Organic agriculture protects the health of people and the environment by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and that are associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer.

    Finally, OTA would like to address the issue of organic vs. local. We are often told that we have to make a choice between buying local and buying organic. In fact, this is a false choice. Local and organic are not in competition with one another. On the contrary, they embrace many of the same values. They both emphasize support for the farmers involved in food production. And they both encourage people to consider the environmental impacts of their purchasing decisions. Plus, as more and more local farms make the shift to organic, the choice between local and organic disappears: to buy one is to support and reap the benefits of both.

    That said, organic offers a range of benefits that non-organic local products do not. Because they are regulated by the federal government, products bearing the organic label must meet a strict set of production/handling guidelines. They must be made without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic engineering. Additionally, they must not undergo irradiation or contain ingredients made from cloned animals. Local products are not held to any such standards, and therefore cannot be counted on to meet any of the aforementioned criteria. And, because the term “local” is itself undefined, no guarantees can be made about whether a product is, indeed, local!

    Organic products are also distinct with respect to traceability. In order to meet federal regulations, careful records must be kept about every phase of organic production. This means that everything from the source of the seeds to the way the products are placed on store shelves must be documented. Moreover, each of these steps must be verifiable by a third party. Local products, by contrast, are neither required to provide such documentation nor to undergo third-party review. As such, no guarantees can be made about where local products come from or how they are handled.

    Does this mean you should abandon buying locally made products? Not at all. Instead, it means you should be thoughtful about the local products you choose to buy. If they are labeled organic, you can feel confident that they have been produced in a manner that not only supports personal and environmental health, but also helps to ensure product integrity from the farm to your family.

  2. Lululemon athletica says:

    thanks for you good information about organic food. its so useful for us. an organic food is very useful then a normal food. its expensive but recommended more then a normal food.

  3. rimini says:

    Can anyone tell me where the logo for organic certification in Pacific foods come from?

    It looks a lot like the radura symbol but with a sun.

    Any comments?

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