Each year organic foods have grown drastically. Organic is not the true meaning of the word itself. USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing many factors: soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances, physical, mechanical and/or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. (National Organic Program, 2013). The USDA determines what should be considered non-organic and organic.
The process of organic food is a basically done exactly the same way as regular food, there are still pesticides and chemicals on the products itself, but the organic foods doesnt have as much on them. The testing of organic foods is a process that is required by the USDA. Organic certification requires that farmers and handlers document their processes and get inspection yearly. Organic on-site inspections account for every component of the operation such as: seed sources, soil conditions, crop health, weeds and pest management and water systems.
They are also involved in inputs, contamination, commingling risks, prevention, and record-keeping. Tracing organic products from start to finish is another part of the USDA organic promise. (National organic program, 2013) People that think organic is a better choice for them, should do some research before they waste more money on a product that is almost exactly the same as regular food is. Non Organic products have many requirements as well, the standards arent as high as organic but, they still have a high standards.
The food and drug administration also known as the FDA sets a guideline on all food products that are sold to the public. The FDA have made it extremely hard to put any consumable products on the shelf without the proper food labeling. Food labeling program develops policy and regulations for dietary supplements, nutrition labeling and food standards, infant formula and medical food. Even the most popular brands of infant formula and cereal have recently been found to have large amounts of arsenic in them, so not even what we feed our children is safe.
(Food and Marketing Institute, 2013) Many name brand juices such as Gerber, as well as other well- known brands have been under fire for having very large amounts of arsenic and many other very harmful chemical inside their products. One would say that even our children arent safe when it comes to consuming many of todays food. I believe that the more information and knowledge accessible to consumers the best alternatives they can choose for their own safety and health concerns. I also believe that the USDA should have stricter policies as it relates to the health and over all well-being of everyone in this country.
Honestly, the word organic is a deceitful ploy devised by manufacturing companies to trick consumers into believing that they are buying a superior product however, that is not the case at all . The companies are just simply rewrapping basically the same products in more appealing package and better stated words for the sole purpose of making a few extra dollars per product. These extra dollars adds up very quickly to billions. The industry has manipulated the consumer into believing that Organic is better, healthier and safer just to get more money in their pockets.
There isnt enough evidence for me to believe that organic food contains greater nutrients, has a better taste than traditional foods, while limiting toxins in a persons body and pollution to our eco system. The consumers who purchase organic food really believe that organic food is more nutritious than non-organic food. Finally if people really knew that organic foods does like hold much more value than the non-organic foods, would they still spend he 10%-40% more to purchase the organic product.
* Organic [Def. 2]. (n. d. ). In Merriam Webster Online, Retrieved June 12, 2013, from http://www. merriam-webster. com/dictionary/organic * Food and drug administration. (2013) Food and marketing institute Retrieved from http://www. fda. gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/06p0094/06p-0094-cp00001-05-Tab-04-Food-Marketing-Institute-vol1. pdf * USDA, 2013 National Organic Program Retrieved from http://www. ams. usda. gov/amsv1. 0getfile? dDocName=STELPRDC5063070&acct=noppgeninfo.