Organic foods are better for the environment and your health, right?
Are the foods you're buying truly organic? You might be surprised
when you CHECK this out...
Yesterday I went to our local grocery store and found the following
foods that said "ORGANIC" on the front, but in really small print on
the back it read "Made in China"...
2. Sugar snap peas
5. Peanut butter
Be careful when shopping for organic foods, as they might be more
toxic than beneficial. Here's why...
Many stores outsource their products from China. The problem?
China doesn't ensure that "organic" products meet the USDA health
Food manufacturers in the US must meet the USDA's requirements
of how a product is grown, processed, and handled. When you see
"ORGANIC" on packaging, it ensures that no chemical pesticides
were used and that the food was made in environmentally-friendly
Manufacturers from China, on the other hand, don't follow the same
protocol. They have "organic" on the label, but no one is actually
inspecting or verifying this to be true.
China's over-use of pesticides has contaminated both the food
and the land. What's more, human waste is widely used in farms
as fertilizer, which is a potential source of deadly bacteria, such
as E. coli. (I wish I was kidding)
In addition to dangerous chemicals and sewage, Chinese
groundwater is terribly contaminated. It's estimated that 10% of
China's groundwater is contaminated by arsenic and/or lead.
And it's this same groundwater that is used in growing the crops
that are found in our stores.
You may be wondering what it takes to be considered Organic...
To be classified as "organic" in the US, foods must be:
"...produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic
inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not
contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed
using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives."
So, when looking at the labels on food products, don't just examine
the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients. Also pay attention to where it's
from. If you see "Made in China" - I'd suggest putting it back for
To your health!
Chad Tackett, BS/CPT ACE