Most people in the U.S. do not eat organic food. It is surprisingly harder than it should be.
The grocery here on the island on which I live, has finally placed a small….a very small, amount of organic food for sale, in their newly formed organic section.
And…of course it is sometimes around twice the cost of the non-organic food. A five-pound bag of potatoes can be as much as $8, when the other potatoes are $5 to $6. I do live on a costly island.
But I choose to live here where we are warm on our sailboat all year-long in this sub-tropical zone.
We would be extremely cold if we had to deal with temperatures at night below 50 degrees. Oh my.
Your choices are slim here no matter what you are buying. They may or may not even have bananas, or onions, or apples on the day you are there. But oft-times, this island doesn’t have any of my Organic Valley 2% Lactose Free milk when I go to get more. There are times when I have to wait a whole week for my milk.
The first year I lived here, I remember asking the manager of my grocery, can you get extra creamy cool whip, when it first came out. He said to me, “Maybe by next year we will have it.”
Now that I live on a sailboat I am currently growing my organic foods in containers in the cockpit, and some on the bow, that can tolerate being grown in full sun down here in this heat. Many varieties of plants can only be grown down here in this sub-tropical climate in the winter when it is below 85 degrees.
I am planning on going North just to grow food this summer. I am also on tour as my “Sister Kaite” Musical Mild Intelligent Humor show, this summer in the North so I have a busy season.
People are all wondering how we will feed the amount of people on the Earth in the next 20 years. There are plenty of plans in service already if people eat organic, buy locally, and change their bad habits of eating all this processed food in the market.
You realize that if we did not buy the processed food, then they would stop making it………. This is the entire reason, yes the complete reason, they do not want to have to label their GMO food. They know we would not buy it because we know it is not good for your health.
If they label the GMO food then we will know which ones are GMO and be able to avoid buying them and they know this. However, the way it stands now, all we have to do is “ONLY” buy the food that is labeled “Organic”, then they all lose unless they have organic food to sell.
We need to adopt a new way of healthy eating. Seeds and nuts, as most people fear is the organic way of eating, are definitely not what I am talking about here.
Why we cannot eat good healthy mayonnaise, and organic vegetables and fruits from the everyday normal supermarket is beyond me. We must find, and drive all the way to, the organic food store and there is probably only one in town, if that. We can also have free range beef, chicken, and eggs without the antibiotics and hormones that wreak havoc on the health of our children. As long as it is organic we will be healthier.
We need to start growing our own food if we have the right circumstances to do so. And we need to do this in an organic way only.
This brings up “The Principle of Care”….What a naturally easy sounding principle that is….and it is defined in the U.K. as below:
“Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.”
In fact, there are Four Principles of Organic Agriculture in the U.K.
1. The Principle of Health- Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.
2. The Principle of Ecology- Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.
3. The Principle of Fairness- Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities
4. The Principle of Care- Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.
This is not all there is, to the organic program in the U.K. But I did want you to know where to get access to it.
You can find their complete explanations and definitions on The Soil Association’s website. This is a new way of growing and managing the food supply that cares about what they are doing. So this could be a way of life forever, and we would not have to forego health because of chemical practices being used.
I have even switched to Organic Cotton for all my clothes as well as all my bed-clothes and linens….The end garments are residue free.
By my powers of deduction, this says to me that the clothes that are not organic leave a residue on your body. I do not want to imagine what residue they put on our bodies. I am not going there. I will just stay with organic. I would rather have fewer clothes to wear, than nasty, chemically bad clothes.
I guess this is why, when you are going through radiation, they tell you to try to keep only 100% natural materials next to your skin. Well, at least a nurse told me that during my treatment.
Although I always knew that organic food was better for your health, I did not realize the extent of how much better until GMO actually started not wanting to label their foods as GMO. Then I began to wonder and read up on the subject. The fact that “They” do not want to label their own product as what it is, would make anyone wonder what they were hiding.
I also knew the difference when I went back to University to become a scientist. I grew my own vegetables in the back yard…..in Michigan, for heaven’s sake, where it was sometimes minus 40 degrees for a month or two in the dead of winter. Anyone can use cold frames to grow in the winter, and they make a heating device now to warm the soil slightly to keep the plants from freezing to death.
When at first I ate the peas and cucumbers in my garden, I thought there must be something wrong with them. My cucumbers did not look like the cucumbers in the store when you cut into them. They were a different color. They were white unlike the yellowness of the cukes in the store because they were older, much older.
It was not until later that I found out, that the difference between them was that the veggies in the store were much older. It sometimes takes over 3 months before they are on the shelf after they are picked.
Organic homegrown lettuce is absolutely the best taste of lettuce you will ever try. But the one garden veggie I think should always be grown, is peas. In my book, I have to say that peas should be grown so that you have food to eat when you are outside working in the garden. I do not believe I made it to the kitchen with any of my peas.
In the U.S. “Organically grown food” is food grown, and processed, using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Pesticides derived from natural sources (such as biological pesticides) may be used in producing organically grown food.
SEC. 2105. [U.S.C. 6504] NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ORGANIC PRO-
To be sold or labeled as an organically produced agricultural
product under this title, an agricultural product shall—
(1) have been produced and handled without the use of syn-
thetic chemicals, except as otherwise provided in this title;
(2) except as otherwise provided in this title and excluding
livestock, not be produced on land to which any prohibited sub-
stances, including synthetic chemicals, have been applied dur-
ing the 3 years immediately preceding the harvest of the agri-
cultural products; and
(3) be produced and handled in compliance with an organic
plan agreed to by the producer and handler of such product
and the certifying agent
This, the many other certifications and precedents, and the USDA Organic Seal is how we govern Organic Food in the U.S. and the organic seal cannot be put on anything that is not deemed organic by the governing process.
The word “Natural”, however, is allowed to be put on any food and is very misleading. Yet there are many people who do not know this, so they buy it anyway. I believe this practice should be labeled as fraud (but who asks me?).
The Organic Program (website is here) followed by the United States, is as follows:
Organic Standards. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic. Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances. A brief summary is provided below. View regulations.
Organic crops. The USDA organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and genetically modified organisms were not used.
Organic livestock. The USDA organic seal verifies that producers met animal health and welfare standards, did not use antibiotics or growth hormones, used 100% organic feed, and provided animals with access to the outdoors.
Organic multi-ingredient foods. The USDA organic seal verifies that the product has 95% or more certified organic content. If the label claims that it was made with specified organic ingredients, you can be sure that those specific ingredients are certified organic.
These are just a few of the ways that the United states and the United Kingdom have carefully protected our rights to grow organic food.
I believe we should all be following these guidelines to preserve our health as well as our planet, and the right to continue growing organically.
Eat only Organic food, especially if you want to dismiss yourself from cancer, as we have seen already in my other articles on cancer and Salvestrols.
Get rid of the “Cancer It Only Lives Inside of Us.”