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What defines organic.


 

By John Koveos Nutritionist

Organic foods to me are defined as a method of growing vegetables, grains or any other food, including raising livestock, without the use of herbicides, pesticides, other chemicals and/or hormones.
This term "organic" may mean something else to you.

There are many factors required to grow food; the most essential is water.
Water is full of natural ingredients that will replenish our soils and help the growing process.
It's Mother Nature at work. We know now that rain has natural ingredients; this water will fall on our food.
Is the organic growing process now tainted? There is great debate about this issue.
For example, neighbouring natural farms will create run-off to the so-called "organic" farms and disturb their claim, therefore defeating the purpose of naming it "organic".
In addition, winds carrying spray substances from neighbouring farms equally disturb the so-called "organic" land.

The government(s) implemented strong regulations to ensure modern methods of farming are producing absolutely safe foods for our diet.
All ingredients that go into crops must meet government health standards.

Just like our bodies, we need medical attention once in a while to a avoid disease.
The earth is like the human body, it also requires proper attention in forms of fertilization etc, to prevent diseases in crops.
This is a global issue and modern ingredients that are used to farm will help our food to be sustained and healthy.

Today we have large food processing organizations that know better than to make claims about "Organic" food and not label them as "Organic".
The word organic may mean one thing to one person and something else to another.
This creates confusion to the consumer who does not have knowledge about the term "Organic" We do have, on the other hand, other large food organizations, who are taking advantage of consumer unawareness, and label more and more products with the word "Organic".
This creates massive profits for the manufacturer or producer coming from consumers who are willing to pay for health, but are not guaranteed this in return.

Healthy people say: "eat what your heart desires (home cooking preferable), do your daily exercise, and hope for the best of health". But when it comes to organic foods, consumers pay for something with no guarantee whatsoever.
According to the Organic trade association "Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues. Please see www.ota.com.

Basically, if you want to call something organic, and you know what goes into your land, grow it yourself in your backyard.
If you do not use the appropriate spray, see if you can grow any crop at all for that matter.
The fruit will be rotten, and birds and insects will eat the crop away.

In other words, if someone tells you that they are growing food without the use of any substance, let them tell you how they accomplished this magic
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On a different note, Biotechnology is essential to human life. New scientific methods of sustaining our food chain will allow fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products for example, to grow in larger quantities in order to meet our vastly growing population demand. Biotechnology will provide a means of keeping up with the human consumption rate of food.
Without this technology our food will become extinct, or cost so much we would not be able to afford it.

Irradiation is another form of modern technology that is being used to destroy viruses and bacteria that naturally develop in food. This method of eliminating foreign invaders in our foods also prevents them from entering our bodies.

The term "Organic" holds different standards from country to country and "Canada unveiled its National Standard for Organic Agriculture in 1999, but, because the standard is currently voluntary, international acceptance of Canadian organic products cannot be ensured." (Source Organic Trade Association)

As of today, the organic standard is not a codified federal regulation. The Canadian Organic Committee wants a system to make Canadian organic products meet international standards. Will this happen? Who know...

Based on the above, consumers need to use their own judgment when it comes to food purchasing.

Make wise decisions where you spend your hard earned money and avoid making other trendy pockets thick, as they are the only ones laughing all the way to the bank.

Buy normal and natural food that has been available to billions of people for centuries.

John Koveos Nutritionist

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