Organic foods have great marketing but does it cover the truth? These foods including fruits, vegetables, and seeds are often overpriced, although most of us have little knowledge about the restrictions and standards considering the title “organic”.
The hoax of “organic” agriculture
Henry I. Miller, a physician at Stanford University, and Drew L. Kershen published an article that says organic agriculture is a huge hoax. In 2012, a USDA report claimed that 43% of the tested 571 organic samples contained prohibited pesticide residues. How is that?
Many of us decide to buy “organic” labeled food because we want to avoid the toxic chemicals pesticides contain. However, organic food requires not to use synthetic pesticides, there is a long list of natural pesticides named in the Organic Food Production Act that are exceptions. These organic pesticides can be toxic, too.
How do organic farmers get away with it?
Wall Street Journal investigated the case in 2014. They reviewed the 2005 USDA inspection reports and found out that approx. ⅓ of the organic farm certifying agents conducted incomplete inspections. They did not report the use of harmful pesticides and antibiotics. Corruption? Maybe.
Also, the audit criteria are vague. Organic certification is based on process, so the agents only investigate the farmer’s ability to follow the criteria of the USDA standards of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. It means that they do not have to invest if the standards are followed or not. Just that the farmer HAS the ability to follow them. There is no field-testing in the case of real production.
Henry Millers closes the article saying that this is an unscientific, marketing-fueled hoax neglecting science and puts money-making at the center.