Should organically grown foods be a national standard?
Topic: Should organically grown foods be a national standard?
April 19, 2019 / By Betty Question:
If local farmers can do it with no problem, why can't the corporations grow healthy foods instead of mass produced foods with pesticides and genetic modifications?
*** Its a bigger deal than you think. They even have organic salt:
Best Answers: Should organically grown foods be a national standard?
Aila | 10 days ago
Monsanto and other multi-national terrorist organizations pay big money to Washington to keep that from being the standard.
Keep your work boots on though ;)~ you at least have the right idea.
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Originally Answered: Is organic food really organically grown?
The USDA via the National Organic Program has regulated the organic farming industry since 2002. http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop
You really don't know. Organic farms are inspected annually by a trained 3rd party organic inspector. The farmers also must complete a 30 page application that asks a lot of questions such do you irrigate, what seeds are used, is the land prone to erosion, harvest yields, etc.. All organic farms have to have an organic system plan (OSP) and and turn in records as to where seeds were purchased, what inputs were used on the farm, etc., to their certification people (which is not the USDA but one of 60 or so bonafide by the USDA organic certifying agencies) which are than reviewed before an inspector is sent to their farm.
The USDA does have an enforcement unit and they do go after farms that use the term illegally as well as farms that have been caught cheating.
So it really is fairly difficult to fake all the records, though not impossible and for an industrial farm that has an office staff (something small farms cannot afford) that is savvy with producing fictitious paperwork it would be fairly easy.
Now all that said there is a story out yesterday that says that the organic fertilizer sold to all the big farms in CA including Earthbound organics contained ingredients that are not allowed on organic farms so the salad greens coming from Earthbound Organics for the past 3 years have not been organic because Earthbound used what they thought was an approved input but it turns out it was not-oops.
The best way to know what you are buying is to buy direct from the farmer. That way you can ask the grower questions and even go out and inspect the farm yourself (this is something I invite all my customers to do and so far in 15 years about 5 have taken me up on the offer). Of course in order to keep your farmer honest you (the customer) will have to learn a lot about farming and organic management
To keep local year round learn buy in bulk in season and learn how to put up food for the off season-it is wonderful work and you will eat like royalty.
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buy local but not organic.......sorry.....besides I use pesticides on my lawn and vegetation killer on weeds and such
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No, that's a bad idea.
Organically grown food is quite simply not efficient. It's also arguably worse for the environment. Less pesticides and fertilizers, but to get the same yield you have to grow more crops, which means you have to clear more land and use more water. It's really a toss up depending on how important habitat conservation is to you.
If the entire planet switched to organic food, we could feed probably around 4 billion people. Conventional farming would feed 10 billion, assuming perfect logistics.
Organic meat on the other hand is a very good idea. Pumping animals full of antibiotics was one of the worst ideas our civilization has ever had.
Local has its own problems. We don't grow everything locally because it's cheaper and more efficient to grow food in one place where it grows well and move it somewhere else. Cheaper usually means it uses less resources.
Also, that genetically modified food you are complaining about uses less pesticides.
It's a goddamn ionic compound. It's not organic, it's mined out of the ground. I assume they don't add iodine, but that really doesn't change the fact sodium is still not good for you.
Or it's just expensive sea salt, which is mostly potassium. I'm sure they charge more.
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"Organic food" is a complete crock.
There is no such thing as "inorganic food", that would be rocks...
And the only regulations regarding using the word "organic" pertain to pesticides developed after a specific DATE (so "organic" farmers can use products invented BEFORE that date with impunity, and still legally label their crops as "organic")....
Even the distinction between "natural" pesticides and "synthetic" pesticides is worthless in determining food safety....plenty of 100% synthetic pesticides are FAR less hazardous to human health than many "natural" ones! http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/synthetic-v-natural-pesticides/
And on the topic of "genetically-modified" foods, why don't you see if you can find ANY food that you have EVER eaten in your life that was not "genetically modified"? Once again, unless your diet consists exclusively of rocks, you will not find any! ALL farmed food is BY DEFINITION 'genetically-modified'....that's what farming IS....
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I don't know about standard, but most farm products in stores are the products of major corporate farms. They have no incentive to offer healthier products that cost more to produce.
This is why I buy local whenever possible and organic in stores.
I do think that there should be more help for small farmers who want to remain independent.
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There's some downsides, but more organically grown foods is something worth thinking about. Pesticides have a hormone-like reaction on the human body.
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There should be a national standard to label foods as organic. However, without the label, if you can find fruits and vegetables with obvious evidence of some bug munching, you can bet it is organic, especially leafy greens. Wash carefully. If it creeps you out then by all means go for the perfect, waxed pesticide versions. LOL.
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3/4ths of all farms are owned by huge corporations, and they lobby Democrats for more subsidies even though most are multimillion dollar operations. The Government wants them to create more.
I pay more for organic foods, and you obviously want everyone to pay more.
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Originally Answered: Feeding vegetarians organically grown vegetables?
Well, there really isn't an answer to this as it depends on the vegetarian and their reasons for being one. I would suggest that probably the answer is NO to anybody calling themselves a vegan though.
Some vegetarians would rather not eat anything that involves an animal death, whereas others aren't as bothered. I was a vegetarian for 10 years. When I ordered french fries, sometimes I'd ask if they were cooked in animal fat or vegetable fat, other times I wouldn't ask because I was just hungry.
It's very difficult to say which veggies were grown using animal by-products as fertilizer, veggies aren't usually labelled and a vegetarian won't always want to investigate deeply every time they order a salad.
I'd say, if this is for a restaurant - then don't list them as vegetarian if you know they were grown using slaughter house by-products. If this is for a dinner party, ask your guest before you buy the veggies.