Organic Is Not Always Organic

One of the biggest frauds being put out by the food industry is the term “organic.” When it first began to appear, it had a very specific meaning. It meant that foods with this label were raised naturally, on small farms with great integrity. They were not processed, were not raised using chemicals or did not have chemicals added to them.

This is not the case any more. The term “organic” is now being used in different ways. In fact, just to have the word “organic” on a product does not mean that it does not contain non-organic products or that nutrients have not been processed out of it.

The Term “Organic” Has Been Hijacked

The web site “Farm Wars” has been researching the mountains of documents on the FDA and USDA websites and have found some amazing facts. They say:

“The word ‘organic’ is fast becoming a high-dollar money-maker for corporations smart enough to jump on the bandwagon and start marketing their products as ‘made with organic ingredients,’ or ‘certified organic.’ Even Monsanto is taking advantage of this burgeoning market, and people naïve enough to believe that what we have traditionally thought of as pure, organic food, is still that way, are being duped.”

Then they add: “Then buy up the organic companies one by one, and start changing the ‘organic’ rules from the inside out via the bought and paid for government agencies so that you can reap the profits from those trying to escape the poisons.”

4 Different “Organic” Labels

Just because the word “organic” is on the label of a product does not mean that it does not contain non-organic products. In fact, there are four different labels that you need to aware of.

1) “100% Organic” – it must contain only organically produced ingredients. These will often be labeled as “USDA Certified Organic.”

2) “Certified Organic” – It must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.

3) “Made with Organic Ingredients” – it can contain anywhere between 70% to 95% organic ingredients.

4) “Contains Organic Ingredients” – can contain less than 70% organic ingredients.

Be Careful How “Organic” is Used

With all the deception that is now being used, it is very important to read very carefully the exact wording that is used. For instance: if you see the term “organic chocolate ice cream,” it means that both the chocolate and the ice cream are organic. However, if it is labeled “chocolate organic ice cream,” the chocolate that is used in the ice cream is not organic.

Do you see how easy it is for a manufacturer to label a product to get you to believe that their product is organic? When a product is mixed with non-organic ingredients, it is no longer organic, and no amount of agency double-talk will change that.

What Can We Do?

First of all, when buying a product produced by a large manufacturer, be sure that the product is labeled “100% Organic” Or “USDA 100% Organic.” A “100% Organic” product on the other hand cannot be irradiated, and cannot contain preservatives or flavor enhancing chemicals, nor traces of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of tolerances set by the FDA.

Next, find the freshest, healthiest food that you can find. Some of the following are not always possible, but use the following guidelines as often as you can.

  1. Frequent farmer’s markets where you can find fresh locally-grown foods that are in season
  2. Join a community-supported agriculture program if one is available near you (it allows you to buy produce, meats and other foods directly from the farm)
  3. Take part in food co-ops in your area
  4. Plant a garden; even a small space can produce a lot of fresh food and herbs
  5. If you must shop in a supermarket, look for locally grown items, which are likely to be fresher than other foods
  6. Read the packaged food labels and don’t just take the organic label at face value. Try to determine exactly what the label is actually saying.

Remember that the only label guaranteeing the food to be truly organic; grown and manufactured according to organic standards, is the “100% USDA Organic” label.

It is possible to find good organic food; it just takes a little more research and time. But, remember, it is worth it.


One Response to “Organic Is Not Always Organic”

  1. Lorena says:

    It’s hard for me to take you seriously when you keep refering to the biggest Quack of all time, yes… the charlatan Dr. Mercola.

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