The term Organic is applied to food grown without harsh pesticides or certain types of pesticides (yes, it also means any carbon based life form, but that’s not the definition we’re working with today), and in the United States it’s a huge business. There are a myriad of reasons why one might choose to eat Organic food – they have a disease like cancer or an autoimmune disorder; they have small children; or they simply don’t wish to put a bunch of synthetic chemicals into their bodies. Some scoff at the Organic trend, saying that the amounts of pesticides that remain in our conventionally grown (non-organic) food aren’t a big deal, and if they were The Government would do something about it, while others claim it’s simply foolishness to pay more for say, a red pepper, because a farmer grows it differently.
Regardless of how you feel about Organic food and produce, one thing is for sure: Americans, by and large, have become profoundly disconnected from where their food comes from, and what it takes to get it to the grocery store. So to shed a little light on at least the Organic portion of your shopping cart, here are 25 Surprising Facts About Organic Food That You Might Want To Know.
Contrary to popular belief, and contrary to what the name implies, pesticides are allowed in the growing of USDA Organic approved foods. There are over 40 pesticides on the allowable list that a farm can use and still get the USDA Organic stamp. So if not having pesticides is really important to you, know where your food comes from and what farms use pest control you agree with.
If you’re interested in what the requirements are to earn the label, “organic,” check out this site.