“Organic”, yet another label stamped on food packaging. Like, “GMO”, what does it all mean?
To put it as plainly as possible, the USDA standards for organic foods are:
No toxic or persistent pesticides or homicides
No sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers
No GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
No synthetic growth hormones
No irradiation (ionizing radiation)
I love the Foodbabe! She has done an amazing job holding the food industry accountable for what they serve us. Here is her explanation for the use of herbicides:
The most widely-used herbicide on the planet – Glyphosate (Roundup) – is prohibited on organic crops. Non-GMO crops such as wheat can be pre-harvested with glyphosate. This herbicide is a toxin that can accumulate in your body the more you are exposed to it. It has been linked to kidney disease, breast cancer, and some birth defects. According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT, glyphosate is largely responsible for the escalating incidence of autoimmune and other neurological disorders that we are experiencing. There are many non-GMO products on the market that contain wheat and seem healthy – but they could be laced with glyphosate. For instance, whole-wheat breads and non-GMO cereals that aren’t organic (like Grape Nuts) may contain glyphosate residues.
Source: Vani Hari The Foodbabe.com
Does it really matter if you eat organic food or not? I think so. Do I have proof? Honestly, nope! But one thing I do know is there has been a spike in all sorts of sicknesses since the various changes in the way foods are farmed. We are going to dig a little deeper into the subject of organic food and answer questions such as:
Why does organic food cost more?
What is the “dirty dozen”?
My grandparents didn’t eat organic food and they lived into their 90’s!
Where can I purchase organic food?
Organic meat? What is a feed lot?
Stay tuned, I’ll show you how to add more organic foods to your shopping list without breaking the bank.
What is your favorite organic food? Do you have any cost saving tips? Share with us below.