Wrong place to take this poll. If I go to a farmers market near a city results would be different
I wonder how much of that "organic" food in those farmers markets are conventionally produced and just labeled “organic” for the extra profit. The rules can not be enforced since there is not real method to check the food other than a paperwork certification and a promise. It is not a crime to sell conventionally produced food as “organic” and it certainly is not harmful.
Dan your right. But the farmers know because they produce food. And know Organic Food is a joke. It's just a way to get more $$ for your product.
With increasing world population that will need more food produced on the same available land, we will need to use more fertilizer and reduce pests and diseases affecting crops
Not neccisarily Mayamba. The current trend is use fertilizers and chemicals more efficiently. Not only can we feed the world as things are now, but we can feed even more if things such as the weather were more cooperative. The greatest cause of hunger is not our ability to grow adequate amounts of food, but the ability to grow that food where it is needed. Are organic food healthier then conventionally raised foods? This is an apples to oranges comparison. Most organically rasied crops are of the heritage varieties which were chosen long ago for the main trait of tasting better. Modern crops were more of less developed to survive high field densities and mechanical harvest. I find it hard to believe those who say that organic is better when while living in a society that has a pill or prescription for practically everything imagionable. Another thing to concider is how the food is prepared. Organic foods generally are obtained as single ingedients that must be prepared fresh for every meal. Learning how to cook can go a long ways to a healthy lifestyle.
Actually, the sale of conventionally produced food as organic IS a crime. If someone is caught selling conventional product as organic, they are subject to an $11,000 civil fine PER SALE, and possible jail time. To put that in perspective, that is $11,000 every time a fraudulent load of milk leaves a dairy farm. Certifiers review paperwork and conduct an extensive inspection on all aspects of an organic operation every year. Unannounced spot inspections are conducted, and if an operation is found to be fraudulent, their organic certification is revoked. If the fraudulent activity is egregious enough to compromise organic integrity in the marketplace (such as the sale of conventionally produced food as organic), the operation is subject to the civil penalties listed above. There are people currently serving time in federal prison for selling conventional product as organic. If you suspect fraud, I recommend reporting it to the USDA National Organic Program.
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