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That Organic Label You’re Paying Extra For? It’s Probably A Lie
It’s widely believed-and preached by environmental groups, activists, and healthy-eating advocates alike-that if you’re looking to avoid unhealthy pesticides in your food, you should buy local, organic produce whenever possible. And thus pay a premium for safer, healthier food. However, these long-held notions may not be entirely true.
According to an annual summary of pesticide data, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed that a whopping 21 percent of organic samples tested contained pesticide residue. And those discovered pesticides were not the organic-approved concoctions like sulfur, copper compounds, and mineral oils; instead, the residues included 40 different types of synthetic chemical pesticides-all at levels comparable to those found on conventionally grown produce. In 26 cases, the levels were lower; but in 30 cases, they were on par or higher.
It’s worth noting that the USDA also reported that the overall pesticide levels were minimal and that they “do not pose a safety concern for U.S. food.” Still, this certainly does not fit the definition of organic food that it’s continually applauded for.
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In the survey, more than 10,000 samples of 15 different crops-such as apples, bananas, carrots, green beans, peaches, strawberries, watermelon, and tomatoes-were tested. Of the 409 that were labeled organic, 87 contained residues.
What’s more, this isn’t a terribly new concept. Forbes reports that back in 2012, a larger USDA survey found that at least 40 percent of samples contained unapproved pesticide residues. But the cause is typically chalked up to inadvertent spray drifts and/or cross-contamination via harvesting bins with conventionally grown fields. But, as recently as September, we also reported on studies confirming that organic produce is overpriced-and simply synonymous with luxury-as it’s almost never entirely fertilizer- or pesticide-free.
As Forbes also points out, the general takeaway here is that consumers can enjoy a safe and healthy diet without doling out extra cash for an organic label. Meanwhile, and totally perplexingly, organic meat and milk have been proven to be healthier for us. Color us confused.
Toxic Hungr’s Take:
Let’s point out this first; we work hard to show you reviews of organic and conventional foods from as many sources as possible rather it’s negative or positive. However we’d like to point out WHO is doing the major research here.
The USDA has a long rap sheet going back decades, and a reputation with financial ties of being sponsored and paid off by major pharmaceuticals, bio-chemical, agri-chemical and food corporations with a major agenda regarding YOUR health. Understanding that record, we’re kind of skeptical of their overall testing and observation of organic food versus “food-like” products. Unless the USDA had a change of heart overnight, we’re going to steer clear of any food recommendations or nutritional advice the USDA gives at this point.
With that being said, we will give the USDA the benefit of the doubt and agree with them on the fact that cross contamination through wind and weather does happen if NOT carefully maintained. And yes, there is a possibility of certain organic foods being contaminated by synthetic chemicals and pesticides. The difference is not what its covered with–but what it’s bred from and how it’s nursed.
I personally eat organic and have been eating organic since 2012. I actually ate both comparisons of a conventional apple versus an organic apple.
My body reacted to one while responding to the other. One tasted crispy, delicious and juicy, while the other tasted stale, bitter, dry, and taste-LESS. I started seeing apples differently. In other words, one apple did NOT taste like an Apple should taste. Now I’d leave it to you to figure out what type the latter was.
It was recommended to wash your organic produce before consuming. Overall, I would have to disagree with this study from the USDA regarding organic foods based on MY personal experience of how my body responded to the organic fruit and vegetable versus conventional. Based on MY personal experience, I’d never go back to eating conventional produce ever again no matter how much they offer–however that is my personal opinion.
But let’s go back to the facts;
The fact is there is wind, and rain. With rain there is runoffs, and rain can get into groundwater via gravity. Pesticide contaminated water CAN cross border into organic soil–if it’s NOT protected.
This is where I believe the farmer themselves come in. It’s not just about trusting the so-call “organic” label on the produce, for I do not believe everything labeled “organic” is completely organic, but it’s about understanding its source and where it came from. Doing research in what goes into your body is a cornerstone on a decision of how healthy your body maintains. Most people may CHOOSE not have “time” to do all that so-call “research”, however I have one body and love it very much so the research is not only vital and important to me, it’s essential to me.
After reading this article, the first thing that came in my mind was ‘well, I think it’s important to know who my farmers are and how THEY care for the produce I eat from the seeds itself to transporting it to my local market’.
Most people who may not care about the source of their food or the health of their body may take this article as face value and say ‘I knew it was hogwash all along’. For them that’s okay, no one is forcing them to think, if they ever think at all. However, we’d like to ask YOU, what’s your thoughts on this “research” from one source, the USDA?
Is organic just a marketing scheme, or is it more to it than a label being slapped on it?
I don’t always, well, really trust anything the USDA says or any study they do. They have a reputation that do not fit my criteria of how I see my lifestyle, health or overall nutrition. I DO trust independent locally based organic regulators state by state regulated by LOCAL farmers themselves who are in the trenches and the business who have an agenda of providing safe, yet delicious healthy organic nutritious produce and food–from–nature–to families in their respective demographics.
But that’s just me.
What’s your thoughts on this? Start a convo below…