Keep it Simple. They all are required to follow the same regulations as the small farmers. NOT. Yikes. Why would anyone trust anything from the Smithsonian. I’ve really begun looking into the practices of organic farming since it feels more like “Big Business” than ever before. I love that there is an actual list of sources at the end, and the info is spot on. That said, for those who don’t have access to local farmers, organic meat is still the best way to ensure you are at least cutting down on your consumption of GMOs and synthetic hormones. Organic, I think. If people who buy organic think it has anything to do with naturally grown food…..:) Thanks for the information. Even organic by the big food companies contain less pesticides as shown by the links I’ve provided in previous comments. Thanks for asking. There is so much more we can all discover. (11) The actual certification to become organic, and follow-up inspections of companies certified organic, is often outsourced to a third-party. The next day, when I bit into the second apple, I knew something was wrong – it tasted like cow dung soil… not that I know what that really tastes like, but the smell from the taste gave it away.

You state that natural pesticides not being any safer is inaccurate. It’s up to larger organizations to educate consumers about organics vs. natural, not to capitalize on the less expensive term. The Kroger brand refuses to give information about their dairy brand to Cornucopia, and based on industry sources, their milk is mostly factory farmed. So what the true organic farmer is trying to do, ends up being ruined by the corporations that claim organic, but don’t follow the rules the same way. Thank you! Not so much now, because they’ve cut paper and encourage reusable, but man, before they decided green was good clerks were so rude to me. As of now, organic is the only way to go, or no eggs at all, if you want better, actually regulated animal treatment. I also know that while you and other small farmers work very hard to follow the rules as their written, your work ethic doesn’t span the globe across every country. I will post all these links in a 2nd comment here right now, as I don’t want to end up in your spam folder. Edit/Update: From what I’ve been able to find, the NOP doesn’t specify the width between organic fields and conventional fields, they simply state “sufficient to prevent contamination“ – SOURCE. It’s your place to be inspired, be motivated, and stay on track with your clean eating goals. It isn’t an easy road financially when you want to feed yourself “healthy” “organic” produce. One heavy topic at a time If you find any good books, please let me know – I know the pickings are slim! I don’t see how these are not much more than personal opinions about how stuff actual happens, or while factual, seem to imply something is amiss without any actual evidence of it being so. I have a tiny farm, grow everything organically, and feed our chickens and ducks organic food. The more people that demand and buy organic food, the larger the supply will be. Thanks for speaking up. Each grower is always positioning their crops to meet demand, yet make enough profit to stay in business another year. I’m more concerned for the people that try so hard to make everyone else feel bad about their choices. It is a lot of work and a hassle. Hi Sam! Keep compost receptacle on your kitchen floor near the sink for peels and veggie waste. Awesome comment Julie! One example (of many) is cheese. thanks for listening Listening to them, and being willing to edit & change a few of your points in the article, really shows your true character (thank you)! Local farmers aren’t easy to locate right now, so I’m planning to hit the farmers market come summer! When my daughter was born nearly six years ago, Mr. Crumbs and I committed to buying organic milk, chicken and eggs. It’s true that not all organic farmers are bad, and my article wasn’t intended to imply that… but as you stated, there are some organic farmers who don’t follow the rules as we all think they should (or as the guidelines say they should either). There is a minefield of information available and everyone is going to have a different opinion. I honestly don’t know if supporting the non-profit over other certifying agencies would truly avoid system manipulation… some of the highest paid CEO’s are from non-profit organizations. For example watch this… It was from Doomsday Preppers – take it at face value! Another decent reference. Their report includes a breakdown of the safest produce in terms of pesticides and country of origin. A new Consumer Reports study reveals how much more you’ll pay. For example, homemade food coloring takes more time. We buy mostly fresh food – not a lot of boxed or processed foods, but I do have children and a daycare so I’m almost forced to purchase snacks that I would rather not because most of the kids aren’t used to the way my family eats. Prop 37 would have gotten rid of many natural labels in CA, had it passed, but sadly it didn’t. Also, as you acknowledged- “there will be the occasional cheater”. I haven’t tried the Simple Truth brand, but the name alone inspires doubt. I’m glad you enjoyed the chicken and brown rice! If you understood history correctly, you would understand why the gmo and pesticides, which are deliberately to poison us thereby either dying earlier, becoming infertile so we can’t breed, or making us sick so that we spend millions on pharmaceuticals.