When Organic is Unhealthy: The Problem with Organic Factory Farms!


Most of us have seen the movies. You know the ones, Food Inc, King Corn and all the other documentaries out there showing us what awful conditions our food is grown in. Most of us think that when we buy organic that we are spending our money responsibly, that we are, in some little way, helping that poor helpless chicken that is being kept in a prison of chickens or that poor cow that has never seen a blade of grass live better and if not them then other unnamed chickens or cows. We are using our dollars to help those animals and to eat better ourselves. We feel good.

We feel like we are spending the extra money on a good cause both for the animals, ourselves and our families. But, what does the word organic mean? We think that when we buy something organic that that product is grown in a cute little farm the way they show it on all the pictures. We think that an organic product is like something we would grow in our backyards without pesticides, hormones or chemical fertilizer. Well, have I got news for you! The term organic has been hijacked, commandeered and compromised!

Nowadays, a corporation can claim that a chicken is organic if it is free of hormones and has access to an outdoor plot! Never-mind that it has been kept in abysmal conditions that you wouldn't keep a dog in, never-mind that for most of it's short miserable life it has never seen a pasture, a worm or felt sunshine, never-mind that it eats food that is unrecognizable and probably some kind of derivative of corn, albeit organic corn! As long as it has access to a small, desolate area outside it's cramped quarters for 2 weeks out of it's life...they can call it “organic” chicken and can charge twice as much for the honor of doing so! Most so-called organic chickens are nothing but factory farms, every bit as crowded, every bit as disgusting and ever bit as “corporate” as the non-organic farms.

And the same thing goes for milk. Sure organic milk doesn't have hormones or antibiotics but those cows are still kept in disgusting conditions, they are still fed supposed organic feed (which sure as hell is not grass), the milk is homogenized, pasteurized and pretty much stripped of everything good. The feds are so concerned about us that they actually have swat teams going in to shut down raw milk stores! Cigarettes, they are ok, radiation...what's a little radiation?, alcohol..sure go ahead but God forbid we drink raw milk, that must be stopped at all cost! Have we lost our minds? No, we are living in a corpotocracy and they don't like the slaves nourishing themselves with food they can't profit from! Ok, I'm digressing a bit (maybe another hub down the line)!


Regarding butter...well you can buy organic butter and it's the same thing as the milk, they will talk about it being “organic”, that the cows are hormone free, free of antibiotics but does it say ANYWHERE that those cows are grass fed? It's conspicuously absent. When I started becoming more aware of this I started looking for organic butter. I found this one brand called Kerry Gold Butter from Ireland and OMG this butter was like ecstasy...it was soooo good I almost cried (OK, I really like butter)! But one day I had ran out of it and I was near a Whole Foods Store so I stopped in to get some...they didn't have any. So I bought this other butter that said it was organic. There were so many that I just picked one. I figured, you know this is Whole Foods so it's probably all good..right! WRONG. I tasted the butter and it tasted just like the non-organic crap I used to eat before, IE no taste at all. I then looked all over the package to see if it said that the cows were grass fed, NOTHING. I went on their website, again, nothing. It said it was organic and that they hand-churned the butter and that it was hormone free but nothing about what the cows ate. I called them and left a message asking them what their cows ate, they never called back. Kerry Gold Butter is grass fed and boy can you tell the difference.

Onto meat. Again, the packaging says that the organic beef is hormone free and organic but nothing on the package says that the cows eat grass, nothing. Nothing says if they are confined or free range. I want beef that is grass fed, I want beef that is free range and I can't find it!

So..what to do, what to do. Well, sure organic food is better than non-organic but is it worth the price? In some cases organic items can cost twice as much as non-organic. I think the best thing to do is to grow your own food. Ok, not everyone can do that but were talking the best thing. At least when you grow your own food you know what's in it. If you can't grow your own food then try to find farmers markets. Try to visit the farms to see where your food comes from. We have to start taking more responsibility for our own food, we can no longer trust the government to do it for us. It's not going to get better, it's going to get worse so do the best you can, educate yourself and hopefully you and I will be better for it.


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killerdillard 5 years ago from Salina

I believe the words on labels are just that, words. There is very little regulation of false advertising these days and I'm sure most of it is because 1) there is so much advertising and 2) nobody really knows what is good for you and what is not. Take the egg for instance (organic or otherwise), one year they are good for you and the next year eggs are bad only to be followed up the next year with eggs are good for you again. I ate 'em even when they were bad for me...


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

That's probably true which is another reason to avoid packaged foods and to eat food that you grow yourself. Thanks for commenting.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Just remember, you are what you eat.

Peter


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Hi Peter...scary thought if you are eating poisons!


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

That's what I mean, so look out for what you put in your body.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I eat only whole foods. I don't eat anything processed with stuff I don't recognize..but even with that you are having to trust people to be honest. I can't wait to grow my own food!


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

I live in Thailand and I get most of my food fresh daily from the local farmers at the local markets and my wifes mom has a small form tht grows the rest of our food. Free range chickens and eggs and every vegie we can think of. I know your jelous now. I let the young folks grow the food, I jst eat it.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I am jealous!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

The true solution is to grow our own food. I am sure I will never do that, so short of that I eat whole grains and only buy organic when it's worth it. Sometimes it is not.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree, but also buying from a farmers market and/or a co-op is good too. I don't either ...yet, but I sure want to and will God willing. Thanks for commenting breakfastpop!


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MikeNV 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

Ask the next 10 people you meet if they have seen any of those movies. The fact is most people have not seen them. Walk into any supermarket and look at the state of health of the people purchasing products and see what is in their baskets. There is a direct and visible corrolation between people who are obese and sickly looking and what is in their carts. Grocery stores a primarily full of crap.

As far as organic produce, meat and dairy are concenerned the problem lies within the US Government allowing non organic farming practices and feed to be introduced and sold as organic. The lack of standards which truly relflect the purpose of the movement (People who want to buy and eat foods and products which are pesticide free and farmed in a way which does not introduce forieng foods and antiobiotics to the animals) is prostituted by Corporate Lobbyists who are just trying to cash in.

As a small orgamic farm becomes sucessful and builds there brand they attract the attention of corporate america who then swoops in and buys them and ruins everything about them.

You can purchase true grass fed beef, organic poultry and produce. But it's a whole lot harder because of the Government and unscrupulous corporations.

This is not a reason to be discouraged over what is labled organic or not in the stores.

And many products that are organic still contain crap - for example look at how much GMO Soy and Canola oil in in what is labled Organic.

Unfortunately we live in a world where the dollar is the mighty God that rules the minds of men. And there are those who would rather continue poisioning the people the make a dollar than doing the right thing.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree Mike and I still do buy organic..at least until I am able to grow my own food.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I found this to be most interesting. It seems to me all the junk put into and done to our food, be it directly or indirectly, is really hurting our children more than we know. Just look at the rise in rates of things like autism. There is considerable data linking it to chemicals in food. Do we really even have any idea what the effects of the radiation alone will do long term to the developing cells growing off this irradiated stuff? I doubt it. How could we? It’s too new. There haven’t been enough generations exposed to even make a realistic prediction, other than general bad, to my way of thinking.

I thought growing my own would be a good solution too. I forgot to check the seeds. When I was young and my parents grew gardens the plants always made viable seeds. Not one plant I have grown from store bought seeds this year has produced a viable seed for replanting. It makes me wonder just how the seeds we are buying have even been “enhanced” shall we say


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Oh that is very true..you MUST buy heirloom seeds. You can get them off the internet if you can't find them where you are. I agree totally...makes you wonder what's in the food that they don't even tell us since what they DO tell is is so bad!


Marie 5 years ago

Find local farms. Visit them and see for yourself what they are all about. Ask questions. If they meet your standards, but as much from them as you possibly can!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree Marie, thanks for writing.


Nicho 4 years ago

This is an interesting post since it reminds me of th etime when I lived in the big city and on one occasion I asked the helper in the vegetable section of a certain wholeful place what the content of non organic chemical content a fruit I had in my hand had. His answer was that by law the store is not obligated to release that information. Is this correct ?


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes that's true although certain states are trying to change that..terrible huh!


Flickr 4 years ago

I think the prices of some organic foods is ridiculous but I wouldn't trade eating healthy foods for food that is GMO or full of chemicals. There may not always be a difference in the life style of the animal being raised, ethically wrong perhaps, but the difference is that you are not eating poor quality food, rather food that has been altered and not for the better. Nice article, thanks for sharing. Here is a link to help fight GMO foods.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/211/335/629/help-st...


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Flickr, I agree for the most part..although farm fresh is best!

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