The Maids of Portland, Maine

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Organic or Not Organic- That is The Question

Well.... A new study from Stanford has created quite a buzz. The study says that there is a lack of nutritional benefit from eating organic food. It states that "Organic foods are not necesarily 100 percent free of pesticides. What's more, as the researchers noted, the pesticide levels of all foods generally fell within the allowable safety limits."

Do we really trust the FDA to set "safe limits" for pesticide residue in our food? NO! You can bet that the chemical and biotech lobbies have a strong foothold in the FDA with which they can control standards to suit their needs, rather than protecting consumers. The Institute that conducted the study got its biggest financial backing from a company called Monsato. Monsato is the single largest biotech donor in the fight against labeling food with GMOs in California.

Charlotte Vallaeys, the Director of Farm and Food Policy with the Cornucopia, said of the Stanford study,"Consumers should not lose sight of the important impacts of organic agriculture, which produces foods without the use of toxic pesticides that have been linked to an array of health problems, including cancer and ADHD in children. This study confirmed once again that organic foods contain significantly lower levels of pesticide residues, and that alone should be enough reason for every family to consider exclusively purchasing organic foods.”

And... as a consumer Jo put it,"It is highly doubtful that the food industry, basically the farmers, can produce organic foods fast enough and in vast quantities to meet the current world needs in supply and demand. This is probably why so many in the food industry are largely reluctant to roll back to the days when most all crops were organic, that, and of course, the fast money they make today in going with the flow. If you don't live on a farm it is most difficult to grow your own crops in modern urban town USA, particularly without violating some City Code of Law, and if you don't live next to a farm, well it becomes even more difficult and expensive to obtain organic corps (fresh vegetables and fruits) for your dinner table. Not to mention how difficult it would be for the food industry to roll back their current processes, not because they don't want to, or because the Government won’t allow it, but it is basically because of you, the share holders who have a huge stake in the food industry who just won't tolerate change in the large profits now flowing in, plain and simple."