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How Do You Know “Organic” Is Really Organic?

Is the organic food you buy really organic? Is the organic food you buy really organic?

For those of us concerned with the food we put in our bodies and feed to our children, buying organic is a no-brainer. We want to optimize our health by avoiding chemical additives and preservatives, and other agents whose effect on human health is either unknown or shown to be problematic. Unfortunately, you may not realize that what counts as "certified organic" in the supermarket doesn't always meet the standards you set for yourself and the food you consume.

According to health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, there are currently almost 300 synthetic and non-organic compounds allowed in food that is "certified organic." Check out the video at the bottom of this page for an in depth look at some of those ingredients. Although we're told those are safe elements for us to consume, there exist concerns about the accuracy of the testing to determine that safety. And besides, for those of us who want a whole food diet rich with natural nutrients and unpolluted by chemical or man-made compounds, the supposed safety tests are sort of beside the point - we want natural food for optimal health! We don't want man-made synthetic garbage, no matter how "safe" we're told it is. Period.

Fortunately, it has never been easier for us to feed ourselves than it is right now... With indoor growing methods and hydroponics, we can efficiently grow healthy natural food year round.

How accurate are these safety tests anyway? The Cornucopia Institute, a foundation for the protection of organic food standards, has expressed skepticism about who is allowed to test the synthetic compounds found in "organic" food. It seems that the corporate interests who stand to profit from the proliferation and consumption of these compounds may be the very same people testing the product for safety. Can you say conflict of interest?

Here's a small example of the problem I've just highlighted: The National Organics Standards Board is the primary US body in charge of monitoring and approving what is allowed to be called "organic." That board has in the past consisted of and/or currently consists of corporate employees of the food giant General Mills, huge conventional berry producer Driscoll's, as well as other members of multi-million-dollar agribusinesses. Yeah, that conflict of interest thing? Case closed.

Government corruption, corporate jackals, lying labels – where does this leave the consumer who just wants real, healthy food free of genetic engineering, chemical spraying, and synthetic ingredients? Well, the answer is getting clearer all the time - we must learn to grow our own food.

Fortunately, it has never been easier for us to feed ourselves than it is right now, here in the early part of the 21st Century. We have technology that means we're no longer subject to the whims of weather and geography. With indoor growing methods and hydroponics, we can efficiently grow healthy natural food year round. Hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics have revolutionized growing. You can control the nutrients, medium, and environment your food is grown in, and rest at ease knowing that you and your family are getting the best of the best, untainted by synthetic chemical agents brought to you by unscrupulous corporate scoundrels.

That said, it's still important to fight for accuracy in organic labeling. The battle for integrity and transparency is always valuable, and we need to demand that the consumer's right to information and the truth be honored by the powers that be. But in the meantime, I'm planning to expand my garden and the variety of crops I grow. More and more, it's the only way to ensure that my family and I are eating the healthiest food we can.

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