Organic Vegetables and fruits. Why Organic Food?

Why Organic Food?

Organic Food?

 

Why You Really, Really, Really Need to Eat Organic Whole Food

 

Our food and water has been taken hostage. Government entities and chemical industries are manipulating food, water and health policies with no regard for the safety and preservation of the people, the environment and its future.

 

Billions of Tax Payers dollars

Backed by billions of tax payer dollars, in collusion with corrupt government entities, chemical companies are masquerading as “agricultural markets.” Poisoning the public mind with fear and promise to feed a starving world, they spread poison and sickness, driving the world’s health crisis to epidemic proportions.

Little girl placing organic food in a shopping bag for her mother. Why Organic Food.

Consumer:

 

The consumer is the one who pays to consume goods and services produced. As such, consumers play a vital role in the economic system of a nation. Without consumer demand, producers would lack motivation to produce.

 

The Corporation:

 

We’ll call them the “Big 6” in this story.

BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, Syngenta.

 

Big 6 because they dominate the agricultural input market, they own the vast majority of the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries.

 

I think being a skeptic right here would be a normal feeling. Chemical and food, can you say water and oil? Really? Ok, let’s continue.

 

These corporations have to answer to their shareholders who expect their stock to increase in value. Pretty simple so far and they do expect profits. The leaders of these corporations maintain a six-figure income that they have become very accustomed to. Their whole objective is to make money, and they’ll do whatever it takes.

 

Lobbyist:

 

Word Origin and History of the Lobbyist

A strong lobbyist will permit himself to lose heavily at the poker table, under the assumption that the great congressman who wins the stake will look leniently upon the little appropriation he means to ask for.

(George A. Townsend, “Events at the National Capital and the Campaign of 1876,” Conn., 1876)

 

A lobbyist is an activist who seeks to persuade members of the government (like members of congress) to enact legislation that would benefit their group. The lobbying profession is a legitimate element of our democratic political process that is not very well understood by the general population. Lobbying is a regulated industry and a protected activity under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that guarantees rights to free speech, assembly, and petition. 

 

In a nutshell, the lobbyist is hired by the big corporations to persuade the people’s congress. Those people (congress) were voted in by us with the sole purpose of taking care of the American people. Yes, they take care of us alright, even though they’re a little shady at times. It is amazing what greed can do to a person, corporation, or congressperson and what they will do for those who have the deepest pockets. 

 

The Revolving Door:

 

In politics, the “revolving door” is a movement of personnel between roles as legislators and regulators and industries “big business”) affected by the legislation and regulation.

 

In some cases the roles are performed in sequence but in certain circumstances may be performed at the same time.

 

The following list of government officials should have the people and their safety as their top priority, especially when it comes to food safety. If there is even a minuscule amount of doubt concerning our safety they should act responsibly on our behalf.

 

These are the people our American government has entrusted with our safety.

The complete list contains fifteen people. I have shortened it to five. 

 

 

David W. Beier

Former head of government affairs for Genentech, Inc.

Chief domestic policy advisor to the United States Vice-President.

 

Linda J. Fisher

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Vice-President Monsanto Corporation

Chief Officer of DuPont

 

Michael A. Friedman, M.D.

United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Senior Vice-President G. D. Searle & Co., Division of Monsanto Corporation.

 

L. Val Giddings

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA/APHIS).

Vice President Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

 

Marcia Hale

Assistant to the President of the United States.

Government Affairs for Monsanto Corporation.

 

Fifteen names, do you think lets say maybe five names would have been scary enough? 

 

More on the Revolving Door here.

Organic whole food. That was the subject, remember? I had to scroll back to the top to see the title. 

 

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Self, why did I just read that entire mumbo jumbo?” My purpose and I do have one, is to show you how important it is to support your local organic farmer and to eat organic when at all possible. Ok, back to organic food.

Reni and Scampy at the beach, for the newsletter.
 

In 1990 the USDA started working on the Organic Rules.

 

Seven years later they announced their findings and set the guidelines for organic food and other food industries.

 

They allowed under the guidelines, growth hormones, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering (genetically modified organisms or GMOs). 

Thus began the biggest campaign against the government in history.

275,000 people wrote their representatives in congress in protest over the guidelines set forth for organic foods. The people prevailed and new, organic guidelines were set into motion. 

 

(USDA) United States Department of Agriculture:

 

USDA, also known as the Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal government policy on farming, agriculture, forestry, and food.

 

There are three government organizations that take care of us when it comes to our food.

 

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture

FDA - Food and Drug Administration

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What is Organic?

 

USDA What is Organic?

USDA - The National Organic Program’s Online Training

 

SUBSTANCES FOR ORGANIC CROP + LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

 

Organic certification verifies that products meet all requirements in the USDA organic regulations from farm to market. 

 

The USDA organic regulations specify production and processing requirements (such as conserving natural resources and preventing commingling with nonorganic products). They also specify which substances (such as animal drugs) are allowed and prohibited.

 

For example, the use of most synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, growth hormones, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering (genetically modified organisms or GMOs) are prohibited.

 

Certifying agents use a variety of tools to verify that organic farmers and processors aren’t using prohibited substances. These tools include annual on-site inspections and periodic residue testing.

 

I’ll start down the USDA’s list of items not allowed in organic production and try to keep it to a brief description, where applicable a link is provided for a more complete description.

 

Not listed will be pesticides and fertilizers provided by your garden or hardware store.

 

Growth Hormones History

            

As early as the 1930s, it was realized that cows injected with material drawn from bovine (cow) pituitary glands (hormone secreting organ) produced more milk. Later, the bovine growth hormone (bGH) from the pituitary glands was found to be responsible for this effect. However, at that time, technology did not exist to harvest enough of this material for large-scale use in animals. In the 1980s, it became possible to produce large quantities of pure bGH by using recombinant GMO/DNA technology.In1993, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH), also known as bovine somatotropin (rbST) for use in dairy cattle. Recent estimates by the manufacturer of this hormone indicate that 30% of the cows in the United States (US) may be treated with rbGH.  For more information on Growth Hormones.

 

Sewage Sludge or “Biosolids.”

 

Sewage sludge is what goes down the drain or toilet from your home, hospitals, and industries through a maze of sewer pipes and finally arrives at the wastewater treatment plant. The water is removed and what is left over is called sewage sludge or biosolids. Great name.

 

Some items found in this stuff regularly test positive for a cesspool of ingredients. These may include heavy metals, flame-retardants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals, phthalates, dioxins, and a host of other chemicals and organisms.

         

Would I use this on my lawn? No, nope, notta, no way, don’t think so, not a chance, not even. And it smells bad too. For more information on Sewage Sludge or “Biosolids.”

 

Irradiation

           

Irradiated does not meet USDA definition of organic. Irradiating food does not get rid of dangerous toxins that are already in food. In some cases, the bacteria themselves are not dangerous,  but they produce toxins that are. C. botulinum is one of these bacteria. It grows in canned food that is not completely sterilized. Its toxin causes botulism, which can kill.

               

Food irradiation does not stop fruit and vegetables from aging. Aging can lower their nutritional value, taste and flavor.

 

Irradiation can alter slightly the flavor of some foods. The change is similar to the way pasteurization alters the taste of milk.

Source: EPA

 

         

GMOs are Prohibited  

NATIONAL ORGANIC STANDARDS BOARD (NOSB)

BIOTECHNOLOGY POLICY

The National Organic Standards Board recommends that the class of

genetically engineered organisms and their derivatives be prohibited in organic production and handling systems.

Genetically engineered is defined as: Made with techniques that alter the molecular or cell biology of an organism by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes. Genetic engineering includes recombinant DNA, cell fusion, micro- and macro-encapsulation, gene deletion and doubling, introducing a foreign gene, and changing the positions of genes. It shall not include breeding, conjugation, fermentation, hybridization, in-vitro fertilization and tissue culture.

 
 
 
 

Food For Thought

 

"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny."

 

-Thomas Jefferson

This is the most controversial in the whole organic realm. I hope you read this entire section and links. This area is where you need to be educated the most. 

 

Remember the “Big 6” Corporations?

They’re responsible for the majority of the world’s food production. Roundup was developed by Monsanto and is used as a weed killer on their genetically engineered crops. Monsanto’s crops are specifically engineered to be resistant to Roundup. By splicing Roundup into the seed gene the farmers can spray the weed killer directly on the crops to kill weeds without affecting the crops themselves. Roundup was designed to kill all vegetation.

 

A must read article

Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at MIT, and Anthony Samsel, an independent science consultant are very concerned about the detrimental effects  Roundup (in genetically engineered foods} will have on the human body.

 

Here they write: "Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

 

They also went on to say:

“Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.”

 

The abstract and complete article is in a pdf file at: Entropy

 

Countries with Bans or Partial ban on GMOs

You have to wonder what these countries know and what’s being kept from us.

 

Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Greece, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Brazil, Paraguay,

 

At this point nearly twenty states are discussing GMO-related legislation, including moratorium bills in New York, Massachusetts and several others.

 

Background and Overview of the FDA’s Policy on GMOs

I. Background and Overview of Policy (4th paragraph down) it states.

 

Under this policy, (FDA's policy on GMOs) foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and their byproducts, derived from plant varieties developed by the new methods of genetic modification are regulated within the existing framework of the act, FDA's implementing regulations, and current practice, utilizing an approach identical in principle to that applied to foods developed by traditional plant breeding.

 

The regulatory status of a food, irrespective of the method by which it is developed, is dependent upon objective characteristics of the food and the intended use of the food (or its components). The method by which food is produced or developed may in some cases help to understand the safety or nutritional characteristics of the finished food. However, the key factors in reviewing safety concerns should be the characteristics of the food product, rather than the fact that the new methods are used

 
 

These Countries all have Mandatory Labeling on (GE) Genetically Engineered foods.

Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia,, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine,, United Kingdom, Vietnam

New York Times

Playing God in the Garden

 

Phil Angell, who again cited the critical role of the F.D.A. in assuring Americans that biotech food is safe. But this time he went even further.

 

''Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,'' he said. ''Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.'s job.''

Phil Angell

Director of Corporate Communication

Monsanto, Corporation.

 

Really, the only food that comes close to being safe outside your own organic garden is fresh organic food. The organic farmers are of a good breed of people and take pride in the end product. The other farmers- misled by the corporate giants- are good people also and have been hurt by this whole genetically engineered seed ordeal.

 

We recommend you get your hands on the movie, "Future of Food," it is an extreme eye opener.

 

When you head over to the organic aisle and get sticker shock, let me remind you non-organic foods only seem cheaper. They are nutrient poor and laden with toxins. They look cheaper only because you have subsidized them with your tax dollar.

Email and call your representatives and remember you have the power with your voice and your dollar.

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