2 Big Secrets About Organic Produce

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Everyone knows that it is best to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Maybe you buy organic produce because you heard it is healthier.  This is true, but let’s look at the two little known facts that may change your mind on buying organic.

#1) Let’s start with the issue of organic vs. pesticide free.  Organic just means natural, or not artificial.  Most people think that organic produce is grown without any chemicals like pesticides and herbicides.  Not true at all!  Actually there are many, many chemicals approved for use with organic produce.  All organic means is that “natural” pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are used rather than man-made ones.  But there are a lot of things that are natural that are harmful for us.  So organic produce often is covered in pesticides that are just as or more harmful than the synthetic pesticides used on non-organic produce.

#2) Organic produce is certified by one of the more than 40 private organizations and state agencies authorized to certify produce as organic.  Unfortunately more organic products are sold every year in the US than are actually certified, based on USDA (US Dept of Agriculture) data.  So apparently there are a lot fake organics out there!

I may have just completely turned your mind against buying organic produce.  Well don’t give up yet.  There is healthy produce out there but you have to know what to look for.  Instead of searching for organic produce, you want to find pesticide-free and chemical-free produce (which may or may not also be certified organic).  This isn’t always an easy task but it is worth the effort, for the sake of your health.

Here’s what you want to do.  Ask around and do searches online to find pesticide-free farms near you and contact them directly.  Many of these farms sell direct to the public and may even offer delivery.  Check out http://www.localharvest.org and other websites that list farms to see if they list any pesticide-free ones in your area.  If you don’t find any local pesticide-free farms, in the US there are some that you can order from online and have your produce mailed nationwide.  Also if you have space for some pots, outdoor gardens or trees and a little time to care for them, consider growing some pesticide-free produce yourself.  Not only does it give you healthy produce, but also is a great stress-relieving hobby.

2 Big Secrets About Organic Produce
2 Big Secrets About Organic Produce
An advocate of natural health and healing, Dr. Vieira holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Florida College of Medicine. She is also trained in alternative/complementary medicine. Dr. Vieira is on advisory boards for several supplement companies and schools. She previously led the Kraft Foods cell-based discovery team for health and wellness ingredients. She is a speaker, author and trainer in scientific, medical and health fields. Dr Vieira recently published a course on reading your blood test called Blood Test Results Decoded.
2 Big Secrets About Organic Produce

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  • Vincent

    You need to provide specific examples of harmful “natural” pesticides when you make a statement like this.

  • Donald Ballard

    If you use http://www.enviro-one.com/ on fruits and vegetables you don’t have to worry about any pathogens, insecticides, wax, and a lot more. http://esfoma-news.blogspot.com/

  • Al

    What the hell are you trying to do Ms. Vieira?
    The difference of what “pesticides” are allowed under conventional agriculture and those more “natural pesticides” that allowed under 3rd party certified organic agriculture is …….well NIGHT AND DAY!
    What is your point? Seeking out pesticide free produce? How the hell is someone to do that- talk about a goose chase for unknowing consumers.
    Certified organic produce is the cleanest, healthiest, MOST TRUSTWORTHY system we have on the books. Who is funding you?
    I don’t doubt for a second that there are things out there being sold as organic that are far from it, (please help police that- by turning the criminals into the USDA) but don’t perpetuate it with more consumer confusion by stating something that has no meaning at all- like pesticide free or all natural.

    • Wendy

      The USDA is the biggest criminal out there, along with the FDA!!!

    • http://www.bewellbuzz.com BeWellBuzz

      Al, we’ve done some more homework… and dug up some interesting information. It’s hard to say where the truth lies. If your growing the food then you know for certain what’s going into it. When your not your just trusting other sources to do the right thing. Personally I think we should support local farmers, talk to them, find out how they are growing the food and help influence better practices. We love the passion here and are on your side… what we may want to believe as true may not be.

      “Of 162 scientific papers, researchers found 55 that were high quality and checked them for different minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin C and iron. In “satisfactory quality studies” there was no difference between the organic and non-organic farming in 20 of 23 nutritional categories. Organic was better satisfactory studies, organic food had “statistically higher levels” of phospohorous and acidity, but conventional was higher in nitrates.”


      The National Farmers Union said it had always said that both conventional and organic food to be “equally healthy and nutritious.” The NFU said: “It is down to the consumer to choose what kind of food they wish to buy just as it is down to the individual farmer to decide which system he wants to employ – previous research has found there is no evidence to prove organic food is healthier than conventional and we believe there is space in the market for all models of farming to thrive and prosper.”

      For obvious reasons, organic farmers have done little, if anything, to dispel the myth that “organic = chemical/pesticide-free”. They would only stand to lose business by making such a disclosure.

      Pesticide manufacturers have little concern in the matter. To them, “synthetic pesticides sold” and “organic pesticides sold” are both “pesticides sold”.

      As for conventional farmers, they are not really in a position to be critical. It would not be in their interest to draw attention to chemical and pesticide use.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/organic-food-no-healthier-than-conventional-1764448.html

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080807082954.htm

      http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~lhom/organictext.html

  • kulot

    Everyone needs to go watch Penn & Teller’s Bullshit episode about Organic Food. Consumers are paying extra for food they think is better, sorry but it just isn’t so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609407700 Cara Adams

    I go along with Al and Vincent. Certified organic is SAFE; and not nearly enough details why we organic eaters should go off ‘our greens’, etc. Other than home grown, lovingly grown (hardly any form of a ‘pesticide’ present, except a SAFE, natural brew on occasion), buying certified produce, or using your own nut and taste buds for searching out the obvious best, IS the way to go. Unfortunately, I see a blanket type of article dousing the desire of genuinely interested people wanting the best nutritive and safe food to eat. I think most of us with basic faculties can spot the ‘organic cheating’ labels or ‘tricks’ of getting on the good bandwagon.

  • Paul

    It all comes down to the soil. I have to choose between a synthetic or natural substance I choose natural. The amount of micro organisms present in the soil dictates the nutrient content of the food. Industrial farming and synthetic chemical decimate these micro organisms. It’s a shell game. The food looks right but is nutrient depleted on top of the added synthetic chemical load.

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