Is your food really organic?

When we buy food at the grocery store with the “organic” label, do we really know it is organic?  Last year, organics being sold in Whole Foods Markets made headlines for certifying organic ginger contaminated with levels of a pesticide that can cause nausea, headaches, and blurred vision.  Many farms that produce USDA-certified organic food are not personally inspected by anyone from the USDA National Organic Program.  Even if an inspector does happen to notice the use of pesticide, they might feel a pressure to not say anything. Perhaps it would be better if the USDA was staffed with knowledgeable members who share the consumers’ values and will look out for their best interests.  Luckily, for someone who wants guaranteed organics, they can buy directly from the farmer at the local farmer’s market. Since organics is essentially about values and personal relationships farmer’s markets are excellent ways to go as you can meet the farmer.  This article will tell you more.

Erica N.


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