Welcome to Organic Relevance. This blog is to bring organic, non-organic to your attention. I am just like all of you being inundated with factual and non-factual information with organic farming by the internet, news and the media.
It seems everything is bad for us. So what should we do? Educate ourselves and buy healthy, non-processed foods with no GMO’s. It can be frustrating and overwhelming. Especially when you are on the go with work, family, grocery shopping and where to get the best deals, while living on a budget
GMO’s are a genetically modified organism. Which means, man is tampering with it. In laboratories, scientists are taking genes from the DNA of one species and are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated animal or plant. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.
Despite GMO and pesticide industries, organic food has a higher nutrient content than food produced with GMOs and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
The media say’s that some organic farmers are still using pesticides but, they are all natural. And conventional farming is using pesticides that cause cancer, diabetes, and neurological effects.
Some say that organic farmers do not use chemicals, they do not feed their animals with anything that is not organic, nor use any drugs. They do not spread their fields with pesticides and they use chemical- free fertilizer.
NOT everyone has “Certified Organic” label, such as your local farmers and at the farmers market. However, most are organic and you can always ask if they use pesticides or not.
• The USDA has a “Certified Organic” label that you can find on many products which mean it is 100% Organic. Made with Organic Ingredients are from 70% to 94% organic and will not bear the “Certified Organic” label.
• If the package just says Organic, it is 95% to 99% organic ingredients by weight.
• GMO packaging will have a “Non-GMO” label on it/if there is no GMO. Watch out for some GMO labeling because it will display that it is not all GMO- free. It needs to state NON – GMO for it to have no GMO’s.
Conventional farmers, on the other hand, are more than happy to use chemically treated soil and spray with pesticides and some don’t use any pesticides. Although organic farmers use pesticides as well, some don’t use them either. Confusing, I know!
Now there are myths out there as well, that I’d like to bring to your attention. The myth that organic farming has no pesticides. I’ve heard that the government is not watching over organic pesticide or fungicide. In organic farming, there are many chemicals commonly used in the growing and processing of organic crops that the US Organic Standards approve. The pesticides they do use have an organic certification.
If it states it is “All Natural”, check the ingredients and watch your meats labeled this way, as they still have been fed foods that are not organic. So, for example, you want meat that is 100% organic, but the cow was not necessarily fed 100% organic, that’s why it is labeled all natural versus organic. There are many theories out there. Whether it be pro- organic or not- pro, I am definitely pro- organic. Between the EPA, NOP, Harvard, Scientists, National Institute of Health, Annals of Internal Medicine and so on and so forth. Studies, many years back and current studies will keep you busy for hours on end. The best thing is to just trust ourselves and our research.
It’s overwhelming to try and eat healthily. Looking at labeling for GMO’s and Certified Organic is very time consuming when trying to better feed ourselves and our families.
The best thing to do is find out what methods are used by crop producers. If you purchase locally, ask them what their methods are for producing.