I am often asked about the difference between Organic products and without spray, many think it is the same. Therefore, I thought it might be time to clarify the point. Both can be excellent alternatives to conventional products, but you will have to read between the lines!
I know when Laurentine and I started researching the food industry in an attempt to help save my father From their declining health, we initially feel overwhelmed by the amount of information we discover. There is so much confusion in the market in terms of labeling, that sometimes you may feel that a translator is needed to buy a bag of tomatoes.
However, eating well is actually very simple, as long as you know what to take care of.
People are often inclined to the term "organic" to refer to a food product that has been created naturally without the use of artificial chemicals.
However, not all "organics" are created equal.
As consumers, it is very important that we verify the origin of the organic state when buying organic foods.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines organic as follows:
"Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological and mechanical practices that promote the cycle of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. You can not use synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation or genetic engineering. If you see the USDA organic seal, the product is certified organic and has 95 percent or more of organic content. "
The USDA establishes rigid criteria for farms to meet to be certified organic product, and in terms of labeling, It is this seal that has the greatest weight..
Other organic labels in Australia, the United Kingdom or other countries may have similar regulations, but all differ slightly in their interpretation of the label.
Among a large number of requirements, farmers must keep detailed records, undergo an on-site inspection by an official certifying agent and pay all fees associated with the certification. It is a complete and very expensive process.
Unfortunately, as a result, it often eliminates small local farmers who can not afford the accreditation or perhaps meet the requirements (some related to the size of the farm). This slightly supports the notion of a corporate-style organic farm system, which makes it a bit strange in my book.
SPRAY / PESTICIDE FREE PRODUCT
So, if organic certification is the most reliable label in terms of organic purchasing, what are the labels without aerosol / pesticides?
Many people think that if a food product is disaggregated as spray-free / pesticide-free, the product must have been created without the use of synthetic additives / pesticides and, therefore, everything is made by hand. Bingo – It's organic! Right?
The terms "without pesticides" and "without spraying" are used very freely in agriculture and are not regulated. In fact, there is no legally recognized definition regarding such labels, which can therefore be used in a deceptive manner.
For example, if something is labeled "spray-free," the crop may have been prevented from spraying, but the soil may have been prepared with artificial fertilizer or the seeds may have been submerged in fungicide.
Similarly, if something is labeled "pesticide-free," it is possible that a farmer may not have used synthetic herbicides or insecticides, but may have used genetically modified plants or seeds.
That said, the term can be very useful for those farmers who want to produce "clean" foods, but who can not afford the expensive time or cost of obtaining USDA accreditation, as I mentioned earlier.
THEN WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?
KNOW YOUR FARMER!
All this goes back to knowing more where your food comes from.
Local shopping, in my opinion, is always better. Get to know your local farmer in farmers' markets and how their fruits and vegetables are produced. Ask the people who work at your local supermarket. Make your own informed decision based on whether you agree with the way they cultivate or not.
The questions to ask can be:
• If it is not certified as organic, how is it grown?
• What do you mean without spray / without pesticides?
• How do you protect your crops?
• Do you use transgenic seeds?
• What do you feed your livestock?
• Do you breed your hormones / chemicals / without antibiotics?
• Is your livestock free / caged / based on pastures?
In this way, you regain control over what you eat and take the power of food monopolies. THIS is what it is about eating well. What you think?
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