Let’s learn what Organic food is
Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too. (From: USDA National Organic Program and USDA Definition and Regulations)
- Q: Are there fewer pesticide residues on organic foods than on conventionally grown foods? Are there fewer antibiotic and hormone residues in organic meat, eggs and dairy products than in conventional animal products? Is organic food safer to eat?
A: For the most part, yes. (From: USDA Publications)
- Organic food does not contain harmful pesticides (From: EPA) or herbicides (From: NIH). “The health effects of pesticides depend on the type of pesticide. Some, such as the organophosphates and carbamates, affect the nervous system. Others may irritate the skin or eyes. Some pesticides may be carcinogens. Others may affect the hormone or endocrine system in the body.” (From: EPA) One of the most common herbicides, called RoundUp, affects human embryo development (From: NIH) and is currently in use with most of US Grown corn (read our GMO section)
- Organic food is not exposed to radiation! Many conventionally grown/processed veggies, fruits, meats and eggs are exposed to radiation to kill all bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. (From: EPA). Radiation induces formation of carcinogen formaldehyde from carbohydrates (fructose, sucrose, glucose)! (From: FDA and NIH). Make sure to read more about problems of the irradiated food on our Irradiation page.
- Organic food does not contain genetically modified ingredients (From USDA: link1 and link2 ). Make sure to read our GMO section!!!
- Organic food does not contain added growth hormones and antibiotics (for meat and eggs) (From: USDA)
- Organic food was not grown using sewage sludge, a common conventional fertilizer. (From: USDA)
- Conventionally grown food with nitrogen-rich petroleumbased fertilizer has low nutrient density. As a positive byproduct of growing food organically, it has a healthy nutrient balance (From: USDA)
- Organic practices promote and enhance biodiversity,biological cycles and soil biological activity. Food is grown using sustainable practices prevents soil erosion and depletion of nutrients. (From: USDA)