Organic Certification Labels

Then you see a USDA organic seal, you might already know the food does not have unhealthy pesticides or GMOs – but do you really know exactly how it was grown? We found out that farms can be organic and still use organic certified fertilizer, but foods don’t have labels that say they used fertilizer while growing that food. Food usually doesn’t say how exactly how it was grown,  so if you see an Organic sticker, do you actually know what organic really means?

One cause of this problem is that the farmers might not want to take the money or take the time to make a more detailed label than just  “organic”. Another reason is that farmers might not have thought about making a more informative label. Farmers also might not be as educated and they don’t know what pesticides they are using and how those pesticides are effecting people . On the other hand people might not want to do the research because they don’t care enough. Some people don’t care enough to think about what they are eating, for example, whether it’s organic or not. When people don’t care they could only be eating non organic food which has bad pesticides and fertilizers. It doesn’t matter if they have the money or not, it only matters if they care about their bodies, and this is why people should have to get more educated about organic versus non-organic foods.

Because of the non-descriptive labels, people don’t know how the food that they eat was grown. Maybe they use certain “organic approved” fertilizers or pesticides. Because it is just a label people don’t know what the term organic really means. ORGANIC is a label that is put on more expensive and sometimes less good looking food, but ORGANIC is more than that. It means that the farm uses a system where they do not use artificial fertilizers, pesticides or other chemical solutions.

Two of the solutions that have been attempted are putting labels that say, “organic” and putting labels that say, “non-GMO”. Labels put on produce that say, “organic” tell us that the vegetables are in fact certified organic, but the label doesn’t really explain what “organic” really means or how the vegetable or fruit was grown and produced. Labels put on produce that say, “non-GMO” tell us a little bit more. They tell us that they are organic by not having GMO, but they still do not define organic or GMO for shoppers. Our solution is that there needs to be a required label clearly but briefly stating how the food was made and produced. A couple examples of our solution are labels that say, “no added color or size” or “grown locally with bovine feces”. This will benefit shoppers by catching their attention and helping them to wonder what other produce is produced with. It will also get them more aware and educate them about what organic really means such as what fertilizers are certified organic and that other fruits may have added colors.

By Ducky Field :D, Lauren Adams, Riona Yoshida, Sophia Nesamoney

“Labeling Organic Products”, USDA

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3004446

This site had lots of good information on what it takes to be organic and how organic and non organic foods need to be labeled.

 

“Get Certified”, OCIA International

http://www.ocia.org/get-certified

This site had lots of information about how you would get certified to be an organic farm. It was also a good resource for our problem.

 

 

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  • Kimberly Lopez

    I thought that this was really informative and thoughtful to the people who buy food and don’t know about some other chemicals that go into them. Great Job!

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