The Truth about Organic Foods

There are those out there in the big bad world who would try to convince us that organically produced food is not a bit better or better for us than food that is produced by what is referred to as “traditional” farming and ranching methods. There is even one group that is out there trying to convince the world that organically produced food is actually detrimental to human health as well as to the health of the planet. Oh, PLEASE!

All food that is labeled “organic” isn’t, of course, actually really completely authentic. There are, however, rules and regulations that control how food can be legally labeled. When you see a food label that says “organic,” you can reasonably expect that the food has been raised without the use of chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides, or drugs of any kind.

It is still difficult for a farm or ranch to be designated as “certified organic.” The process is long and it can get expensive. We don’t want to change or slacken those rules, but we can use some good old common sense – which, apparently, isn’t all that common.

You cannot tell the difference by looking at fresh fruit, vegetables, or meat whether it has been produced using organic farming and ranching techniques or not. But if it SAYS organic, then it most likely is organic.

Foods that are packaged without flavor enhancers or preservatives are also labeled as such. You can expect that foods that are labeled organic are produced using at least 70% organically produced products.

Sometimes the government does get it right. The truth-in-advertising laws are examples of the government getting it right. Only food that is produced on farms and ranches, that have met the requirements, and that have been certified can use the “certified organic” label. Still, whether the food is question is “certified organic” or just “organic,” it’s got to be a better choice!


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