It is challenging to eat healthy even when you are making a concerted effort. Consider the following:
- In the U.S. “organic food” tests positive for pesticides greater than forty percent of times tested per independent studies by two separate divisions of the USDA, conducted in 2010-2011 and 2015.
- In spite of tripling its budget for organic foods oversight over the past eight years, the USDA neither requires nor performs regular field-testing of either imported or domestically grown produce.
- In spite of forty percent product contamination, the USDA allows all products to be labeled “certified organic” at distributors’ discretion.
- Since the labeling is at the distributors’ discretion, the label “certified organic” is not based upon anything goal, nor scientific. Rather, the labeling program is regulated by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service which does not engage in food inspection, research, safety activities, nutritional evaluations or toxicity related risk management assessments.
- Our markets import nearly 80 percent of food labeled “organic”. This suggests that downline distributors have much less awareness of the real manner in which the produce was raised than believed by consumers.
- The federal government subsidizes a small percentage of American farmers many millions of dollars in subsidies to allegedly grow organic produce. But, these crops are not accessible in most markets.
- In spite of the above statistics, restaurant inspectors generally disallow serving fruits and vegetables grown on the restaurant’s property that not formally inspected by some outside governmental agency.The above listed are a minutia of facts pertinent to a failed “organic foods” industry. It is a failure because it wrongly consumes a lot of tax money with a very poor return for the country’s investment goals.
So, what does it mean for you as a consumer? Organic fruits and vegetables are still preferable to chemically laden products. One significant challenge is the American habit of consuming the same preferred foods irrespective of national growing seasons. To maintain supplies and lower costs we import goods from international sources. However, to assure product quality and safety, your consumption should vary seasonally and be from that which you grow yourself, or from friends, acquaintances, and local/regional farms with growing practices with which you are familiar when such is possible.
Understand what you eat. ISG Health believes that your good health matters!