25 Surprising Facts About Organic Food That You Might Want To Know


I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from I would like to see small farmers empowered I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic food anthony bourdain I’m Mike with list 25 and here are 25 surprising facts about organic food that you might want to know 25 contrary to popular belief and contrary to what the name implies pesticides are allowed in the growing of USDA Organic approved foods there are over 40 pesticides on the allowable list that a farm can use and still get the USDA Organic stamp so if not having pesticides is really important to you know where your food comes from and what farms use pest control you agree with 24 most organic food travels over a thousand miles to get from the farm to your grocery store and many organic still come from countries like Mexico and China so if you’re eating organic to healthy Earth you may want to pay as much attention to where your food comes from 23 processed foods label as organic say oatmeal or cookies can contain up to 5% non-organic ingredients and still qualify to carry the USDA organic label 22 there aren’t any federal regulations for sustainable organic seafood because you can’t really regulate the ocean contents so unless it’s verified by a third party or farmed seafood anything that says organic as far as fish and shellfish are concerned is at best bending the truth it should however be noted that there are third parties that rate seafood for sustainability but again there’s not a US government standard for this 21 bacteria content for organically grown and conventionally grown produce is about the same according to researchers at Stanford however conventionally raised and produced animal products were about 33 percent more likely to contain antibiotic distant microbes 20 it’s still really important to thoroughly wash organic produce bacteria is different from pesticides and can make you very sick all produce has bacteria and dirt on it wash your food 19 the USDA United States Department of Agriculture and NOP National Organic Program do not inspect companies or foods for certification there are separate outside accreditation companies that do this there are three of them and two of them are for profit neither the USDA nor the NOP have any authority in other countries either so that organic garlic from China or peppers from Mexico there’s no one beholden to USDA Organic Standards inspecting the facilities it’s grown or processed in well some countries like France have very strict guidelines China only certifies 30% of its organic produce 18 organically grown and conventionally grown produce may be cross contaminated let’s say we’re getting organic tomatoes grown in Mexico and conventionally grown tomatoes also come from Mexico you don’t know how they spray the conventional tomatoes which could be in the same field or one field or farm over if they crop dust from a plane us sprayers or have conventional pesticides in the ground water those pesticides are going to be in the organic produce anyway there’s no specific guidelines for how far apart organic and conventional produce must be grown to maintain organic integrity 17 because crops grown without the harshest pesticides have lower yields and organic produce sometimes has to travel even further than conventional organic produce is sometimes up to 50% more expensive than its conventional counterparts 16 5 pesticides currently allowed for use in conventionally grown produce in the US are banned in other countries because they are deemed unsafe for example one such group of allowed pesticides is neonicotinoids which are the primary suspect for the bees sighing because they act as nerve agents on bees they are also the chemicals linked to kidney disease Parkinson’s and birth defects in humans 15 non organic or conventional farming isn’t sustainable long term without adding more and more dangerous chemicals pestilences and stronger pesticides must be used which also leads to soil being depleted taking us further and further from organic sustainable mass growing while there are short-term gains mostly quantity making food cheaper the long term effects of mass pesticide farming could be dire 14 just because something isn’t labeled organic doesn’t mean it isn’t organic there are companies who are committed to growing things naturally but either can’t or don’t wish to pay for usda organic certification so they’ll label their foods natural or all-natural this label can be kind of ambiguous though so again do your research on a particular company or product 13 go local your local farm or farmers co-op may not have a USDA Organic label but most small farmers and co-ops are more than happy to talk to you about how they grow their produce and what if any pesticides they use there are also co-ops where you help harvest which actually allows you to be a part of the process of growing your own food knowing where your food comes from is vital to knowing what’s in it 12 most organic meat is grass-fed for the majority of the time meaning that generally cows are allowed to graze and roam about doing Cal things and eating grass their natural diet as opposed to being cooped up eating GMO soy or corn which is not their natural diet at all this results in happier livestock better meat for us and better sustainable practices for farming 11 eating organic or local usually means eating in season if you’re trying to switch your family to a largely organic diet stock up when things are in season or strawberries are either impossible or really hard to find and have to travel disturbingly far in the fall so buy them when they’re in season and freeze or preserve them canning and preserving is how we ate through the winter just a few generations ago but we’re so far removed from our food now that very few people even consider stocking up for the winter preserving your bounty is easier than ever since we have freezers and ziplock bags our great-great great-great grandmother’s didn’t ten soil is really important for a farm to be certified organic no prohibited pesticides GMO seeds or products or sewage sludge that’s a exactly what it sounds like can be used on the land to grow organic crops for three years overall though organic farming is far healthier for the soil in the long term nine wines that are labeled or grown organically contain no added sulfates so if you’re someone who gets headaches from red wine or is sensitive to sulfates try organic wine and if you’re worried about the labeling quagmire that is involved with foreign produce wine is a little different most countries that we import wine from France Italy Argentina New Zealand all have very strict agencies for regulating the production of both wine and organic food eight GMOs genetically modified organisms can never be used in organic meat or produce production meaning that if you purchase organic meat or produce the seeds are non-gmo and the feed that the animals get is also non-gmo 7 roundup one of the most common pesticides used and made by Monsanto and specifically one of its main ingredients glyphosate is showing stronger and stronger links to cancer as well as antibiotic resistance glyphosate has seen a large increase in use in the past decade two other ingredients in roundup are becoming issues as well diazinon is being further researched for being possibly carcinogenic and malathion which the World Health Organization found to cause prostate cancer and non in lymphoma so if you’re someone who mocks people who buy organic remember what they’re trying to avoid putting in their bodies these chemicals specifically are never used in organic farming even though some pesticides are allowed six if you want to know if produce is organic look at the PLU or Price lookup code on the product or sticker if the first number is a nine it’s organic if it’s an eight it’s genetically engineered or GMO five organic chickens and their eggs are always cage free and are not given antibiotics or vaccines their diet includes insects and organic feed and like other organic meat is far more natural and better for the animal than the stuff most factory farmed animals are offered for if you can’t find or can’t afford organic produce don’t worry you’re not alone the Environmental Working Group or ewg has made a list of the clean fifteen which are the fifteen conventionally grown produce items with the least amount of pesticide residue and the Dirty Dozen which are the dozen most conventionally grown produce with the most pesticides and pesticide residue three organic isn’t just for eating crops cotton is a huge crop still being grown in seventeen states in the US and most clothing has at least some cotton in it buying organic clothing not only ensures that the won’t wash off pesticides aren’t your clothes it helps support sustainable growth practices and keeps pesticides out of the groundwater to a company or farm wishing to be certified USDA Organic pays an accrediting company to certify and annually recertify them via USDA guidelines as mentioned briefly earlier of the three companies that do the accreditation only one is a non-profit so while most companies are very much on the up-and-up and produce organic food because they believe in sustainability and healthy food this is a situation that creates a huge conflict of interest further complications arise because often the process is out so first more than once or twice one while organic labeling is perhaps not as straightforward as many of us think it’s still worth noting that pesticides cannot be washed off conventional produce it’s within the plant in its flesh while makers of conventional pesticides claim they’re perfectly safe there’s so much money involved in the studies and federal regulations and lobbyists that it’s still advisable to eat local and/or organic if possible particularly if you’re pregnant or feeding children three separate studies in 2011 showed that women exposed to more of a certain type of pesticide had children with lower IQs and more and more pesticides are being linked to hive collapse human organ failure and cancer enjoying our lists be sure to click that subscribe button in the top right corner so you don’t miss out on new ones every Monday through Friday share them with your friends and help us consistently conciliate curiosity and if you want even more lists check out these two videos here or just type in our website Atlas pond5.com

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