Organic Food Is Probably NOT What You Think.

Organic does not mean that pesticides and herbicides are not used. In my reading, I saw no mention of GMOs or requiring heirloom seeds. There were no restrictions as to where the water comes from for the crops or livestock. We have this fantasy when we hear the term, organic, of wheat swaying in the breeze and pastures of cows with flowers behind their ears.

Not so.

Not all farmers can say that their produce is organic BECAUSE the term is government regulated. The farmer must pay to have a government certification to say his produce is organic.

So, What does that mean to you as the consumer?

Certified organic food must be grown and manufactured in a way that obeys the standards set by the country where they are sold.

Let’s look at U.S. certified organic food regulations.

Organic food production is a self-regulated business with government oversight in the United States, and many other countries, that require farmers to obtain special certification based on government-defined standards in order to market food as organic.

In the United States, organic production is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 that places specific conditions by incorporating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that nurture cycling of resources, encourages ecological balance, and safeguards biodiversity.

That sounds good so far.

Processed organic food should contain only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's total plant and animal ingredients must be organic (95% in the United States).

Leaving 5% that does not have to comply as being organic.

Foods claiming to be organic must not contain artificial food additives, and are regularly treated with fewer artificial methods such as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients. Though 'fewer' is not defined.