25 Surprising Facts About Organic Food That You Might Want To Know

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The term Organic is applied to food grown without harsh pesticides or certain types of pesticides (yes, it also means any carbon based life form, but that’s not the definition we’re working with today), and in the United States it’s a huge business. There are a myriad of reasons why one might choose to eat Organic food – they have a disease like cancer or an autoimmune disorder; they have small children; or they simply don’t wish to put a bunch of synthetic chemicals into their bodies. Some scoff at the Organic trend, saying that the amounts of pesticides that remain in our conventionally grown (non-organic) food aren’t a big deal, and if they were The Government would do something about it, while others claim it’s simply foolishness to pay more for say, a red pepper, because a farmer grows it differently.
Regardless of how you feel about Organic food and produce, one thing is for sure: Americans, by and large, have become profoundly disconnected from where their food comes from, and what it takes to get it to the grocery store. So to shed a little light on at least the Organic portion of your shopping cart, here are 25 Surprising Facts About Organic Food That You Might Want To Know.

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Contrary to popular belief, and contrary to what the name implies, pesticides are allowed in the growing of USDA Organic approved foods. There are over 40 pesticides on the allowable list that a farm can use and still get the USDA Organic stamp. So if not having pesticides is really important to you, know where your food comes from and what farms use pest control you agree with.

Most organic food travels over a thousand miles to get from the farm to your grocery store, and many organics still come from countries like Mexico and China, so if you’re eating organic to help the earth, you may want to pay as much attention to where your food comes from.

Processed foods labeled as “Organic” – say oatmeal or cookies – can contain up to 5% non-organic ingredients and still qualify to carry the USDA “Organic” label.

There aren’t any Federal regulations for sustainable or organic seafood because you can’t really regulate the ocean contents. So unless it’s verified by a third party or farmed seafood, anything that says “Organic” as far as fish and shellfish are concerned is at best bending the truth. It should, however, be noted that there are third parties that rate seafood for sustainability, but again, there’s not a US Government standard for this.

Bacteria content for organically grown and conventionally grown produce is about the same, according to researchers at Stanford. However, conventionally raised and produced animal products were about 33% more likely to contain antibiotic resistant microbes. Eek!

It’s still really important to thoroughly wash organic produce. Bacteria is different from pesticides and can make you very sick. All produce has bacteria and dirt on it. Wash your food.

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19 thoughts on “25 Surprising Facts About Organic Food That You Might Want To Know”

  1. I grow cotton and we need chemicals. All crops are GMO because they have been selected through breeding programs to makes better yields. They are domesticated. We have eliminated so many problems with this technology. It is the sole reason we can provide so much product with less land. It how we feed the world.

  2. the only way to stop the all pesticides and gmos is for everyone to stop fucking forever. because this is the only way to sustain the world population especially in a country as densely populated as the US

  3. So how many fruits and vegetables are ALL the same type organically? My grandfather owned a book (keen botanist) with at least 16 types of fruits and vegetables. This was in the 1950's-80's! #allfoodisGMO

  4. The ones i mock are the ones that only eat organic not because of synthetic chemicals or pesticides but so that they don't eat GMO. The reason I mock them is that selective breeding makes all of our food GMO. The difference though is that modern GMO are like using a scalpel whereas selective breeding is like using a butcher's knife.

  5. Ok, you know Roundup from Monsanto is NOT a pesticide right? It is a defoliant. If they put it on crops it would kill them!

  6. +Stefan C – PEOPLE ARE ORGANIC! When the Zombie Apocolypse starts I got dibs on
    your brain. It's up in the Air as to who has the most intelligent brain,
    BUT YOUR'S WILL BE THE STUPIDEST WITHOUT A DOUBT BY ANYONE!  And I wanna win something before the Zombie Apocolypse is over.
    Please post enough info so I can track you & please don't perish before a Zombie gets you and I can get some brain.

  7. BEST LIST EVER! Good Smack Down on the USDA.
    Plastics can be replaced by Bio-degradable plant-based waste material as well as liquid-proof containers of every size & shape.

  8. Most of these facts have more to do with the REGULATION, or lack thereof, of "organically labeled" food than about food that is actually raised free of petro-chemicals, etc.
    But good info nonetheless! Thumbs Up!

  9. Pesticides can be useful if they are used properly and when is needed.Using the pesticides on the vegetables and fruits just because you want to do that isn't the right solution.There is a time and a place for that to happen.
    My father has a 40 year experience in what and when to use pesticides.He knows exactly what kind of pesticides are good for use and how much is needed to prevent any disease that can affect your vegetable and fruit production.


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