I’m eating organic. That means, I’m eating pure and original food.
Wish I could eat forest grown natural food like him. But as I can’t, I will have to buy organic foods from local supermarkets or organic stores.
How Safe and Healthy Are Those Organic Foods?
I read an NDTV article. It describes how ideal organic farming practices should be.
I got to know that…..
Farmers of organic food are supposed to improve fertility and quality of soil without using fertilizers.
Animal wastes should be used to increase natural nutrients in the agricultural soil.
Instead of harsh chemicals, herbicides and pesticides containing fewer chemicals are used to control the harmful organisms and improve the helpful ones present in an agricultural land.
Subject matter experts believe that farmers used to incorporate natural and healthy farming practices before the population outburst.
Demand for food was manageable. So sustainable farming was possible.
But, can we ensure that the organic foods we’re eating now are very safe, as farmers claim to grow the crops following organic farming best practices?
I think we can’t be that sure.
There are fake organic products in the market.
A Recent Hindustan Times Article Is Scary
The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India states that farmers have to get their products certified before they sell them in domestic and international markets.
According to the regulatory policy, if farmers want to sell organic products in the domestic market, they will have to obtain PGS (Participatory Guarantee Scheme) certification. PGS certification guarantee that farmers are adhering to the organic farming best practices. So that means if you’re eating organic products with PGS certification, you’re safe. You’re eating pure and healthy food.
Wait! Is it?
Knowing that corruption and law loopholes are deeply rooted in our system, can we trust the certified organic products entirely?
When Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) ran a quick quality test on 150 vegetables sold in an organic store located in Delhi, they found traces of pesticides in 5o samples.
In some vegetables, the level of pesticide found was more than the maximum residue level limit.
Although CCFI, Crop Care Federation of India (it represents pesticide companies), published the report, they did not make the report public.
We can guess why.
But this is not happening only in India.
New Washington Post Investigation Reveals Products Labelled As Organic Aren’t Always Organic
Few Chinese organic food items imported to the US were found to have a high level of pesticide residue.
One such imported food item is organic ginger.
Laiwu Manhing Vegetables Fruits Corp. in China grows ginger organically. But the water they use to wash and clean the ginger is extremely polluted and leaves pesticide residue on the food item.
High-level pesticide residue was present in imported organic soybean and corn.
After thorough investigation and scrutiny, officials found that the organic soybeans imported to the US were infused with aluminum phosphide, which is a prohibited pesticide under organic regulation.
There are flaws in the product verification system. It is not impossible for an organic product verification agency to make any conventional food look like organic. It just needs false documentation and labeling.
So that means we’re paying double the price for a so-called organic product and yet consuming food with high pesticide level with cancer-causing agents. Funny.
So it is hard to believe that even the organic products are healthy. I think we need more education and information to be sure when an organic product is safe and not safe for our health.
What do you think?