Going Organic. Does Organic Really Matter?

By+Robert Lapre


Dinner last night unequivocally resembled perfection.  The meal reflected and defined cuisine, but it lacked finality as this question arose, “what’s in the food”? Each individual appreciates good food and indulges for special reasons: taste, delicacy, aristocracy, elegance, or maybe it’s for retrospection.  The grandest question sparked by what’s in the food is, do organics really matter?

In non-organically germinated foods, agriculturalists use an abundance of lab chemicals such as synthetic fertilizers, artificial pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, feed additives or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).  Such chemicals are identified as being adverse to human health. The so called “positive” effects of these additives allow for foods to grow faster, appear fresh and cargo around the world without spoiling a “perfect radiance”. The idea of food reconstruction was to provide for an expanding consumer base. In theory it promotes logic, but has scientific method warped the human body?  Negatives are numerous -- such as the rising health care costs in the United States caused by poor diet that has been linked to certain cancers, failed immune systems and heart disease. The question stands as why is organic hypothesized as being healthier for the human body than non-organic food? The answer sprouts from the earth.


Organic food is defined as something that is germinated naturally, without using any aforementioned chemicals. In the case of organic proteins, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would not condone drugs, steroids or hormone usage (www.ams.usda.gov). Traditionally grown foods sustain more beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that in turn promote long term health benefits. Bear in mind, organics are not just fruits and vegetables, they are everything from flours and sugar to potatoes and lentils; furthermore organically fed proteins are important to incorporate in a daily diet as well.  The reason that organics continue to emerge is health in America is substandard and the food Americans consume needs to change.

Do not be overly cognizant, organic agriculture and livestock has exquisite palatability.  The logic of taste in such traditionally prepared product is straightforward. Food composed in harmony with nature resembles perfection.


All food that is sold as organic must come from growers, processors or importers who are registered with a certified body and subjected to regular inspection. Foods that are 95% organically produced or processed can also qualify for the authenticated organic seal. Foods that are at least 70% organic will not qualify for the seal, but are entitled to list the organic ingredients on the front of the package. Foods that are below 70% organically produced cannot list their organic ingredients on the front of the package but are allowed to list them on the side (www.ams.usda.gov).



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