National Organic Standards Released

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National Organic Standards Released

This is good to see: national organic standards. Funny quote of the article: “The food industry has been concerned that national standards could lead consumers to think that organic products are safer or healthier than conventional foods.” Um—how is having food that’s genetically engineered or has pesticides sprayed all over it as healthy as organically grown produce? It’s not.

Now if we can just get the government to reward organic farmers, there will be more incentive for them to grow their crops that way (it’s very expensive for them to do so now).

Thanks to Robert for passing this along.

Organic dairy

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Even if you’re not vegetarian or don’t usually worry about buying organic products, Horizon Organic Dairy is worth checking out. Their milk is about twice as much as non-organic, store brand milk, but consider this:

  • Organic milk actually stays good considerably longer than non-organic milk. I buy a half-gallon and use it mainly just for cereal in the morning, and it hasn’t gone bad on me yet. I used to buy a quarter-gallon of store brand milk for cereal and it would often go bad before I even could finish it.
  • Horizon’s cows are not mistreated. This doesn’t just matter from an animal-rights POV, but from a health standpoint as well. Overworked cows that are cramped in little areas and given BGH to increase their milk production end up excreting pus and blood from lesions in their udders. To be used for Horizon milk, the cows are allowed to roam and exercise and only give milk on their natural cycle. They’re even given massages!
  • It’s been shown that organic farming is better for the environment, so Horizon farms are all certified organic (without pesticides for three years or more), meaning the cows don’t ingest any unnatural chemcials.

Food for thought the next time you’re picking out milk at the supermarket.