What does it mean to buy organic?

It is the new trend to buy organic, worth over $35 billion dollars annually (https://worldandsociety.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/the-problem-with-organic-food/), what this means is that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has verified that the food qualifies as organic by their standards. Does this really mean it is healthy? I would certainly like to think so, let’s investigate further.

Organic means that a plant was grown in soil that has had no substances that were prohibited for the past three years before harvesting. For organic meats, that means that the animals live in an ability that mimics their natural habitat, such as being able to graze and were not given antibiotics or hormones. When processed foods state they are “made with organic foods”, that means that 70% of the ingredients are organic.

Unfortunately, the standards of organic don’t cover everything. All farmers use pesticides, period. They need something to control bugs from eating crops. Organic pesticides are more natural but they have not been tested for as long since they are newer. Organic pesticides are known to cause negative side effects. Organic pesticides must originally come from a natural source, which does not guarantee they are safe. Some acceptable organic chemicals used are: bleach, copper sulfate, boric acid, calcium polysulfide, sucrose octanoate esters, sulfurous acid, chlorhexidine, furosemide, oxytocin (induces labor). Rotenone is a pesticide that is allowed in organic farming, this pesticide was found to be equally or more toxic than sumithrin, the active ingredient in Raid used to kill bugs. Checkout the links above for more information. This isn’t to say all farmers use toxic products, but looking into your food sources will certainly give you insight into what is best for you and your family.

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