"Is that organic apple really organic?"

Organic farmer and CEO of Profound Foods Jeff Bednar says at least that's the goal. "Big Box Retailers carry these organic certified products. The goal is to have that be as organic as possible." Bednar says lately the federal government is taking labeling more seriously. "They are coming in and enforcing the rules that they developed in 2018. Closer controlling checking on farmers to make sure they are actually doing what they say they are doing. And the best part: further controls on produce that is coming from outside the country!" He says many in the industry hope this will lessen the current labeling fraud.

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The demand for organic produce is twice what it was 10 years ago. The U. S. Agriculture Department is updating its enforcement of what deserves to be labeled organic. Bednar says there are two working definitions. "What PEOPLE think "Organic" is: Plants that are grown free of chemicals. The the U. S. Government says is "Organic" is: Plants that are grown free of inorganic chemicals." He says the department is wanting to increase consumer confidence in "organic" labeling.

Top Five Foods That Are Only Labeled Organic But Really Aren't *

1. Bananas Bananas that are certified organic and grown in tropical countries like Ecuador may have been sprayed with rotenone, a toxic pesticide derived from the roots of several tropical and subtropical plants. Classified as "mildly hazardous" by the World Health Organization, rotenone has been linked to Parkinson's disease in farm workers.
2. Milk
3. Seafood
4. Eggs
5. Strawberries

*from Wisebread.com


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