It’s Important For You And Your Family To Know The Differences In Food Labeling

Organic, Natural and Health have all become “buzz” words and it can be confusing when you are trying to choose the best options for you and your family.

It is important to be aware of what these terms mean and how they can be used in labelling produce.

If anything is labelled organic is should to have a certification logo on it – for the UK the Soil Association Logo, for Europe the logo is green with a leaf made up of stars and in the USA it is USDA organic – The use of the logo and correct labelling is obligatory for all organic pre-packaged food. If it does not contain an organic certification label then it is not organic.

Organic farming differs from conventional farming in the methods used to grow crops. Conventional farming uses over 500 different types of chemicals where as Organic farming has about 25 approved chemicals that can be used. Conventional famers apply chemical fertilizers to the soil to grow their crops, these chemical fertilisers destroy the minerals in the soil, which in turn reduces the mineral content of the crops grown, so not only are the contaminated with chemicals they lack nutrients. They use insecticides to get rid of insects and disease and synthetic herbicides to control weed growth. Conventionally grown food is often tainted with chemical residues that can be harmful to humans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic. There may be some debate about this but my philosophy is “if in doubt, don’t” and when it comes to my health I want to make the best choices I can and reduce my toxic exposure.

Pesticides have many negative influences on our health, including neurotoxicity, disrupting hormones and suppressing our immune system. It can also affect reproductive function and has been linked to miscarriages in women.