Do you think the food industry abuses the term organic?
Do you feel that factories or industry that make food products use the term organic loosely on their packaging? Let me know how you feel about it.
The term organic is now being abused by industry, government and interest groups. The various jurisdictions identify "organic" using different criteria. While your state, or local government, may define it narrowly the feds have expanded that definition to make the term more inclusive so industries that would not normally qualify for the organic label can play! We need to do a bit of research and use some common sense with this issue. Ask questions of your local organic organizations and make your own decisions for yourself. You can have organic but....beware.
In the U.S., the USDA allows the label "USDA Certified Organic" to be placed on foods that are not pesticide free. There are fewer and limited amounts of pesticide in these foods, but the use of any means the food product isn't truly organic.
Because the name of the game is Bottom Line, and the USDA (in my opinion) serves the factory farming conglomerates rather than consumers, this agency's looser definition of "organic" allows food on your grocer's shelves that fool the buyer into believing he or she is paying (a higher price) for healthy, non-contaminated food. This simply is not true.
The best way to be certain you're eating true organic food is to buy from local organic growers who are committed to producing healthy non-toxic food. During the major growing season, there is a plethora of farmers markets all around the country, and there are sure to be some organic farmers represented.
If not, you can usually find in most areas a health/whole foods market that sells organic veggies, fruits and even free-range poultry and meat that contains no hormones and hasn't been fed GMO or pesticide-laden feed.
Sure, it costs more, but it costs the farmers to produce it. Isn't your health worth it? Besides, organic food tastes better. Buy enough summer fruits and veggies to freeze or can for the winter months. However, there are wonderful veggies grown in the autumn, such as greens and root vegetables.
If you have a bit of room in a sunny part of your yard, and you're physically able to do so, why not be your own organic gardener? There's probably no food that tastes as good as that you grow and pick yourself. Fruit trees on your own property provide bountiful crops of apples, pears, figs, etc.
I'm getting hungry just writing about it! I'll be at my local Farmers Market early Saturday morning, with pure woven cotton tote bags (not imported) to bring home my fresh produce....
Yes I think they are. They use it as a buzzword because they know it invokes a response from consumers.
I wouldnt be surprised to see "this product is not" in small letters followed by "Organically Grown" in huge letters
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