What are organic foods? In short they can be anything as long they are made from organic ingredients and organic farming – from produce, meat, chocolate, soups, etc. Organic farms tend to be humane in animal farming, providing meat that is free from hormones and antibiotics. Organic foods are not chemical free. They are usually locally sourced, so you can track their origin easier. There are no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or better for you than conventional foods.
Organic Farming and Use of Chemicals
When you think of organic, what you have in mind is rich, fresh, nutritious and satisfying produce that has been growing in dark soil under the beautiful sun. This is true to some extend. But there are always two sides of the same coin.
Organic foods are not chemical free and they are not necessarily safer.
If you thought organic farming does not use any chemicals at all visit USDA website. There are couple of 100 approved chemicals they can use. A good, terrible example is glyphacad.
The story goes, “because of one study, which said: “It may cause cancer in workers who spray it.”, glyphacad is one of the most studied herbicides on the world today and there are over 400 studies of it.
When an organisation does a risk assessment of a chemical, what they look for is: can the chemical really harm you?
In case of glyphacad, every leading consumer concerned organisation such as EPA, European food safety authority, Health Canada, etc., has said that level of gyphacad consumed in food is so small, so trace that it has absolutely no affect on human body. The International Association for Research on Cancer, also concluded that pesticide residue in food have no impact on you.
No other agency than that single one has found that glyphacad can cause cancer.
Why? Dose makes the poison.
Which means, the higher the level of chemical the more harmful it is.
To clear things out, if you look at the data for exposure of that one study, you’d have to literally take showers of glyphacad for a worker to be harmed by it. Dose makes the poison.
Taking things further, because of glyphacad uproar and bad poblication, organic people were concerned about the reputation of organic farming, so they started to use an organic chemical that was so toxic they had to wear hazmat suits while applying their organic chemical to organic produce. Glyphacad does not require any protection at all at levels that its used.
So that’s the kind of bizzare reaction that we have when we have a fear of chemicals.
“…so they started to use an organic chemical that was so toxic they had to wear hazmat suits
while applying their organic chemical to organic produce.”
Another example is fungicide, used by organic farmers, copper sulphate. Google it. Look it up on Wikipedia or any chemical dictionary: “copper sulphate is one of the most carcinogenic compounds you can possibly use. Europe has recommended banning it because it is so harmful. But they don’t ban it because it is single, most used chemical by the organic industry.
Speaking of harmful it is probably 1000 -times more harmful than glyphacad, yet its used by organic farmers and gets a free pass because it is an organic, a natural chemical.
“Natural does not mean safer.”
Synthetic chemicals have been designed to be targeted and in some cases much more stream line and safer than natural chemicals.” Jon Entine, geneticliteracyproject.org .
Labelling – How to Know if Something is Organic?
Studies show that 50% of organic food is a false claim. The idea that you’re getting safer food by buying organics is misleading.
Next time you shop organics look for “Certified Organic” labels and seals. To certify a farm as an organic farm and consequently sell the produce as organic, the farmer has to go through a years long process. After at least 3 years of complying with Organic farming principles the farm can call itself organic.
In the US there is only one highly regulated and trustworthy Organic Foods – USDA Organic.
In EU it is EU Organic farming.
In Australia there are 7 different certifications, covering different areas of farming and food production. The most common one is ACO.
Depending on the country you are from there are many others, specific labels. However, these are the most trusted and regulated ones.
By sticking to these labels, you are less likely to get scammed by false advertising and marketing of organic products. You can find a list of USDA registered farm on USDA website.
Oh God, What do I do?!
We’re in a period of a huge scepticism. We’re suspicious of any new chemical, product and claim.
What you should know is our food supply is safe.
“Just because laboratories can detect something, does not mean harm.”
Advanced analytical systems can detect concentrations as low as part per billion (ppb). In other words, they can spot a drop in a swimming pool.
Another fact is, levels for chemical use have been set to a 1000-times lower than what we can be affected by. When they find a level that might harm us, then they multiply it by 1000.
If you are really worried about what’s in your body you can definitely go and check it. I simple Urine test will do the trick. However, don’t be surprised by the results.
There are a lot of chemicals in our body. In fact, our body is made of chemicals, and this does not present any potential problems. There is a reason we have liver and kidney. It is to purify things and protect us against chemicals.
We’re all concerned about the food we eat. There’s an obesity epidemic in the US and many Western diet related diseases. We have a history of misuse of chemicals and it’s natural for mums and dads to think what’s in our food and perhaps be concerned whether we have to many chemicals in our food.
We don’t really need to be that concerned.
Anything that you’re going to buy at the food store is going to be safe.
What you don’t want to do is eat things like sugar, alcohol. Alcohol is actually very dangerous and the idea that we’re making all this drama over trace chemical but we drink alcohol is irrational.
Rest assure, our food supply is safe.
“Conventional food in safe. Organic food is safe.”