The craze to buy organic produce in American stores has driven industry to define what is organic as broadly as possible. People that buy organic products think they are buying something better for them…more wholesome. They crave the labels “organic”, “free range”, “locally grown”, “all natural”, and “whole grain”. We see 99% of it as nonsense and hype. There is absolutely no proof, for example, that eggs from a “free range” chicken are any better than those from any other chicken. We welcome anyone to prove otherwise with any conclusive study. Please bear in mind that 20 years ago, assumptions were made that large quantities of some vitamins were great for you, and now real studies prove quite the opposite. People also assumed vitamins derived from natural sources were better for them and that was dispelled as well.
As a gardener, what we are seeing is rather disgusting. When we think of organic, we think of organic matter like compost, wood based mulch, leaves, etc. Yes, even manure folks!!! We don’t like to step in it, but we love what it does for our garden. However, what many of the marketers out there consider organic will turn your stomach.
We recently purchased an “organic” fungicide to assist us with a mild fungus problem on our pepper plants. These are the exact warnings we are quoting from an totally “organic” product we purchased on recommendation from a local grower as an “organic” fungicide.
“Harmful if inhaled, avoid breathing…”. “If inhaled, call a poison control specialist”. “Have the product container or label with you when calling a poison control center or doctor or going for treatment”.
OK, so, this stuff is “organic”, but it can kill you or make you very ill if you inhale or consume it. Further warnings indicate it is quite hazardous if it contacts your skin so they recommend long pants, eye protection, gloves, etc. It is similar in most ways to the warning on chemicals for removing paint!
Now, imagine picking that “organic” produce treated weekly with this wonderful safe organic substance and giving it a quick rinse under the faucet thinking how wonderful it is and how delicious it is. You just ate poison. Was it good?
POISON CAN BE TOTALLY ORGANIC!!! Cyanide is a case in point and it is one of the most deadly toxins on the planet.
Plastic, on the other hand, is totally inorganic. It is harmless unless you wrap it over your air passages so you cannot breathe, and we contact it each day with no harm whatsoever.
Don’t fall for it. It is a marketing ploy to get you to pay more for your produce, meats and even for garden pesticides.
If you want truly safe (not necessarily organic) produce, grow it yourself, don’t use anything but basic household products like baking soda and soap (without phosphates) to safeguard your crop, and let the bugs and fungus win if they come anyway, which they likely will.
To eat “organic” is to pay more and it means little else. The American food supply is the safest in the world by a wide margin. We have an enormous number of people looking over us. And organic or non-organic products can be safe and help grow better produce or raise better beef, chicken, pork, etc. The news media makes you believe we are under attack from toxins every day because it makes news NOT because they care about you. Our meats and produce are the best and safest in the world. Eat them. Enjoy them. And above all, if you feel the need to eat organic, we suggest you check out the cyanide section at your local grocer.
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