My mom saw a video on Facebook of a organic grain farmer spraying his crops with 5 different chemicals and still claimed it’s all “organic”. Doesn’t organic mean chemical free?
Most Helpful Guy
"Organic" is legally defined by the jurisdiction's legislature, so it may vary somewhat from country to country.
In the Philippines, that's governed by "Organic Agriculture Act of 2010" (Republic Act 10068).
U. S. laws will differ. The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (U. S. D. A.) certifies foods as organic. Here is the U. S. D. A.'s information on the term.
If the products are in the original, unaltered packaging, it should be organic. To sell a product using the term, but not in compliance with the jurisdiciton's laws is ILLEGAL.
Most Helpful Girl
You shouldn't listen to all the negative connotations people associate with "non-organic" or "GMOs."
The definition of organic is:
relating to or derived from living matter
So that is literally just any living thing. Food industries and producers throw around that term because people are dumb enough to think that "organic" or chemical use is an indication of quality. The label "Organic" in terms of food, is just a bedazzled marketing tool.
This is how you should approach food/labels:
1) don't think of chemicals as "bad". Chemicals are nuetral; that are neither good nor bad. They can have both good and bad effects, but chemicals are not inherently terrible. A lot of chemicals used on food actually just make it look more appealing or help clean it. If you question the effects of a chemical, just do a quick Google search.
2) GMO's are good; they are essentially just natural selection on steroids. GMOs are what make your food taste better, grow in larger quantities, and have resistance to bugs/parasites. If you don't know what GMOs are, you should definitely do some research on them. As of now, there is nothing that indicates that they have negative effects on people. Actually, evidence indicates that GMOs have saved millions from starvation and have enhanced food quality.
3) "organic" is just a label producers put on their food so that they can raise it's value. Additionally, substances used on organic food have been proven to have worse effects on the environment than non organic. Yes, organic foods are supposed to not use chemicals and pesticides. But that is a very dumb practice that hinders development and fosters ignorance. Like I said, the persticides and chemicals used
often aren't bad. And, organic foods often even use chemicals, they are just less effective than what non organic foods use.
Don't listen to organic/"non organic" food labels. If anything, you should make sure to get non organic foods, because organic is less effectively and efficiently grown. "Organic" also makes food more expensive, and takes advantage of people's ignorance.