The idea of eating organically grown food is one that is appealing to more and more people each day. With each passing news story of recalls of contaminated food the American consumer is getting more leery bout what they are eating and where it is coming from. The fact the people are actually getting sick and dying from things they have eaten from the food chain we rely on is a very sobering and scary thought.
There are many people that now search out and purchased only organically grown foods. They feel that the price they pay is more than worth it for the peace of mind that they receive for the generally premium price that organically produced food commands. The question in my mind though “Is It?” When we speak of organically produced food there are certain standards that have to be met in order to be labeled organic. Who is it that sets there standards? More important who is it that inspects and enforces these standards? The truth of the matter is the government the same people who oversee production of non organic foods. I think everyone knows how well that works.
So if you stop and think about it buying food label as organic does not necessarily mean that it is healthier or more to the point any more inspect or regulated than food not labeled organic. I think that if you want to be sure what you are eating or feeding your family food that is organic then you will have to grow it yourself. This is truly the only way to be sure. The idea is very appealing I am sure to those who would have the time and resources to do this but to be practical most people do not have the time let alone the resources.
There is however ways in which you can be sure that the food you are purchasing is as wholesome and nutritious as is possible. It may be a bit time consuming to begin with but if you are committed to purchasing organically produced food than it will be worth the time. Seek out local farmers markets and food co-op’s in your area. Visit these growers and find out how they grow their crops or raise their animals. Talk about the way the food is processed before it is brought to market. If possible make arrangements to visit the farms and see how they actually produce their crops. Once you have done you research than you will be able to purchase with more confidence. At the risk of sounding a bit paranoid let me just tell you one of my philosophies . This comes from a boss I had about 30 years ago when I was in supervisor training
” Never tell someone that job is done until you check and see for yourself, because sooner or latter it will come back and bite you in the behind “. In other words trust your own eyes not what someone tells you. So if you want to be sure check it yourself.