I don’t know how I feel about organic food, to be honest with you. Organic, organic, organic! What does it mean anyway?
As stated by the USDA:
“What is organic food? 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. 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. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your
local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.” Consumer Brochure,
USDA National Organic Program
Some points to consider are that organic food isn’t necessarily safer, more nutritious nor does it mean that the food is even grown locally! The food may come from Chile and be organic as long as it meets the standards outlined above. There are mixed messages about organic food being “better for you” nutritionally but so far we don’t know that it really is. It could be! We just don’t know.
So what should you do? It’s up to you. I personally like my food to be real and natural. I buy organic meat now and avoid the overgrown chicken breasts that are twice or three times as big as the organic kind. Some foods, especially fruits and vegetables ( and meats!) simply taste better organic. They actually have a taste rather than a watery, tasteless mass of fiber!
What are your thoughts? Please share!