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What Should Be Considered Organic?

            The definition of organic food is crops grown without artificial pesticides, fertilizers, GMOs, irradiation, or sewage sludge, and animals raised without hormones or antibiotics. Certified Organic methods follow specific rules established by USDA. (Nestle) With this being the definition of organic food, how could companies sell food that has a percentage of GMOs in it? Though the GMOs inside this “organic” food weren’t intentionally put there, it still can be considered lying to the consumers.

People who buy organic food expect their food to be exactly what it says it is. Organic food is usually more expensive than nonorganic food, therefore consumers who are willing to pay more for organic produce should be getting what their paying for. Yet produce that isn’t seasonal shouldn’t be considered organic either. Produce not in season that is labeled organic has to travel to you, emitting carbon dioxide into the air, which defeats the purpose of buying organic produce.  A truly organic product shouldn’t have any added GMOs or other unnatural chemicals, and should be grown locally.

Despite my belief of what can be considered organic, it is understandable why companies still consider themselves organic though their produce contains some GMOs. Organic farmers aren’t intentionally using GMOs, so it seems unfair that they have to pay for it. As explained by Dan Charles in A Growing Debate: How To Define ‘Organic’ Food, “Organic farmers aren’t allowed to plant GMO seeds (Charles). But most conventional corn in America is genetically modified, and among all grains, corn is perhaps the most promiscuous cross-pollinator, so its genes often migrate into organic fields via windblown pollen that lands on the tassels of organic corn.” This is the reason most organic farms become contaminated, which makes it difficult for farms to keep up with high quality and quantity demands. Due to such a high demand for organic food, its understandable that the USDA isn’t as strict with what can be labeled organic.

Works Cited

Charles, Dan. A Growing Debate: How To Define ‘Organic’ Food. NPR. March 01, 2011.

Nestle, Marion. Defining Organic: The Difference Between Sustainable and Local. The Atlantic. January 10, 2012.

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8 thoughts on “What Should Be Considered Organic?

  1. I agree with your statement that it is very hard for farmers to stay completely organic due to the surrounding circumstances. I think there should be a footnote on each organic product explaining that what they are paying for may not be fully organic due to the circumstances.

  2. Its sad how it seems like we will never truly have 100% organic food due to foods being genetically modified. I do agree with the statement about it being unfair that farmers have to pay for it when the genetic modification is our of their control. Thats just the way it is now with such a high demand for food.

  3. In the article it states that when you buy organic it defeats the purpose from emitting carbon dioxide into the air from travel. That is why it would be the best for consumers to buy their organic that is locally grow. Then the consumer would be getting produce that is fresher and it would also help their local community. Comparatively non-organic food is loaded with pesticides, I would prefer organic over that.

  4. I find it interesting that adults are trying to eat more organic foods. Organic food is better for you and eating it at an older age is good but should also suggest to younger people to eat organically.

  5. First off, I would like to start off my saying that I don’t necessarily see why organic foods are more expensive than the regular foods that you buy at a grocery store. It is illogical as to why healthier foods need to be really pricy. I found it interesting where in the article it states “Most organic farms become contaminated, which makes it difficult for farms to keep up with high quality and quantity demands”. Farms are supposed to keep high quality/ healthy foods. However, due to the contamination, it makes it hard for this to actually happen. People are unaware of this.

  6. Considering I have written a paper on this, I can agree with everything being said. No matter what the label says you can never be too sure what is “organic” and what is not. I do not understand why organic food is more expensive either. It is completely unnecessary. I personally do not think there is a huge difference between organic and non-organic.

  7. I wrote my research paper on eating locally which goes hand in hand with organic food, and i had read a few ideas that would help people access organ foods. By cutting our countries imports, we’d be forced to turn to local farms for our food and at the same time the decrease in shipments of imported goods would reduce pollution.

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