Can Organic Food be More Dangerous and Harmful to YOU than NON Organic?

Yes, they can.  Beware of imported organic products, they may not be organic, and have banned pesticides applied to them. If you want to know more about banned pesticides that may be used on your produce, read: Unusually Deadly pesticides and YOU.

Fake organic certifications

In the past year or so, there were instances when companies put up fake organic certifications. The details of which are outlined below.  These are not the lucky ones, they got caught.  What about the lucky ones that continue to cheat the system and potentially harm us? 

Below are quotes from a report  by Sustainable Food News, December 13, 2011

“The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) is warning the organic food industry of five fraudulent organic certificates circulating in the marketplace.”

“The agency said the five certificates falsely represent as organic, the following items: berries from Russia; coffee, tea and several vegetables from China (two certificates); peppers and tomatoes from the Dominican Republic; and honey, spices and other items from Kuwait.”

“Earlier this year, the NOP reported two fraudulent organic certificates from China and one from South Africa were circulating in the market.”

Regardless of the industry, time and location, there will always be cheaters.  Organic is big business and there money to be made.  However, most farmers and manufactures are honest.  It is up to us as consumers to help ourselves.

 

These are some of the questions you need to answer:

Where do you buy your food from? Is it from someone you can trust?

Is it someone you can consult with?

Is it someone who can answer your questions and concerns?

If the answers are yes, then you are on the right path.

Think about who may have the information you are looking for: a farmer, a store buyer, an organic certifier, etc

New products

New products are a concern and if you have doubts, call the USDA Organic, Ecocert, or other certifying body whose certification is shown on the package.  They could attest as to whether they examined the company’s products or not.

New certifications

New certifications are often a concern and raise a red flag.  Try to trace them by looking them up on the internet and calling the USDA or your local organic certification organization, to see if they are legitimate. Otherwise, you may be looking at a fake organic certification.  If you know that a certification is fake, it is your obligation to report the offenders.

This is a bit more work, but results are worth it. You only need to do something like this occasionally if you have some concerns. I am sure you don’t want to pay a premium for fake organic, you don’t want to have doubts and feel cheated.

So make a right choices!

Stay healthy by staying informed.

Tania
 


 
Sources:

http://sustainablefoodnews.com/story.php?news_id=14774

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