posted on May, 16 2014 @ 11:18 AM
The standards change from state to state and there is no Federal set of conditions for using the marketing term 'organic' It even varies from farm to
farm. Here there is no standard that applies to other states such as Kentucky. The large population of Mennonites and Amish farmers are allowed to use
chemical as a last resort to losing a crop. A good example of that would be squash bugs that can devastate a crop ,large or small, in as little as 72
hours. It is counterproductive to let a whole crop rot in the field just to fall under the definition of marketing term.
Organic produce grown locally and sold in open air markets is definitely worth the price increase if you feel that those practices( widespread use of
pesticides) are unhealthy on an individual basis. That, however, is not the case in large as studies to determine if organic production is
better/worse take decades to complete and are practically impossible to be scientific simply because there are so many small farms-especially in the
south. The government has never said, or can they say, that one is better than the other. It is a personal choice.
When it come to large supermarket chains-who import their produce in bulk at a lower price that can be charged in America-the term 'organic' mostly
applies to the incredibly large farms in South America-some millions of acres in size-that practice farming techniques and standards set in the
region. So, are these practices the same as say in South Carolina? No, they are not, however, again, that doesn't mean they have been sprayed with
pesticides. I know that is confusing and it more than likely always be.
The biggest problem comes from middlemen ( peddlers, vendors or resellers) that put organic labels on produce just to create a higher profit margin.
So you need to just use common sense when buying from them.
As far as Bovines are concerned the state requires certain chemicals that must be passed on to offspring and these are toxic substances above and
beyond pesticides. For instance I must, by law, allow my nursing heifers mineral blocks that have anti-worm oxidants in them to be passed on to the
calf and these are toxic to humans. This however has no effect on milk or meat production-again confusing-but that is just how it is.
It's best just to form a relationship with a local producer/farmer who will, almost always, tell you the truth about what they grow.
16-5-2014 by spooky24 because: (no reason given)