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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Can you trust organic food?

We are what we eat.

The answer is — can you trust humankind? Nothing created or done by these devil incarnates, aka humans, is 100% trustworthy, since human nature usually perverts everything. (Of course, I mean humanity in general, not all the individuals it’s made up of).

Organic products
Organic products
You can’t possibly check whether, say, organic grains have been mixed with non-organic ones, or the organic seal is fake, just as you can never be sure where your conventional food comes from — they might use local packing for Chinese etc foodstuffs, they might be genetically modified, or grown near a nuclear cemetery etc, etc.
It’s an uphill battle.

Here is the definition of organic food by US National Organic Program (NOP) standards:

"Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.”

The scary thing about it is what organic products should be produced without:

1. Conventional pesticides, that is, toxic cancer–and-other-diseases-causing chemicals;

2. Fertilizers made with, once again, toxic chemicals or — and this one takes the biscuit — sewage sludge, which means your shit, piss, toilet paper, cleaning products and whatever you flush down your toilet mixed with putrid biomass and toxins end up in our food and drinking water! Yuck!

3. Bioengineered, that is, genetically modified products, the long term effects of which are totally unknown and haven’t been sufficiently studied.

4. Ionising radiation, which means we might as well grow our food in Chernobyl zone.

Slow food tomatoes
Slow food tomatoes
So it’s logical to deduce that all these things are done to or put into non-organic food, no wonder there’re so many diseases — it would be more merciful to simply shoot people dead.

Healthy lifestyle is mainly for the rich. I mostly eat organic food and it costs me an arm and a leg, so I have to cut down on a lot of other things. But many people can’t afford to buy it, while, admittedly, others just won’t.

I grew up on natural food without chemicals and still remember how scrumptious it was. First time I had to consume supermarket industrial food while travelling I thought I was coming down with something as everything tasted either insipid or yucky until I realised I was actually ingesting plastic. Fortunately, I discovered organic shops and manage to survive.

Organic Seal, France
Organic seal, France
USDA organic seal
Organic seal.
(USDA, United States)
I at a loss to understand how people can eat processed food, feel only artificial flavours in their mouths and consider it tasty -- this is indeed a real brainwashing. Those who still preserve sense of taste, probably non-smokers, will certainly notice the difference.

Due to environmental contamination today, there’s no such thing as 100% toxin-free food, but at least we can choose the lesser of two evils.
Make sure you buy products that carry organic seal — although the seals can be faked — it’s still the best guarantee you can get.

Trust, but verify.

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