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‘Organic’ Food From China Found To Be Highly Contaminated

Food has a huge impact on our health, and it’s up to us to pick the right food for our menu. When was the last time you had a decent meal?

Organic foods are the best option for your daily menu. They don’t contain any harsh chemicals and provide tons of essential nutrients. Organic fruits and veggies are grown with compost or manure.

Animals aren’t fed with antibiotics and chemicals. Their “menu” doesn’t contain any hormones or GMOs. Yes, organic food is pricey, but it’s worth every dollar you spend.

Omega-3 fats in organic foods are great for your heart and overall health. According to a 2016 study, organic foods have 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than other products.

A 2014 study released in the British Journal of Nutrition reveals that organic crops don’t’ contain pesticides and cadmium.

Rolf Halden, Professor, and Director of the Bio design Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, explains that organic foods contain no antiobiotics.

In other words, organic foods are a much better alternative than their chemical-packed relatives.

What about the imported food that ends up on our menu? Most of this food comes from China and it doesn’t even belong to the group of organic crops.

Miles McEvoy, head of the Organic Program at the United States’ Department of Agriculture issued a concern about this.

“China is a major producer of organic products, and there are continual questions about the integrity of products coming from China.”

What makes these foods so terrible for your health?

  •  China is polluted. Its soil contains cadmium and lead. According to a Greenpeace report, “contamination of soil with a number of toxic metals, including cadmium and lead, is known to be an existing problem for many parts of Hunan Province, China.”

Dr.Xia Hanbing, manager of Shanghai Tianzai Fruits and Vegetables Specialized Co-op, farmers can’t grow organic foods, because “‘organic’ calls for certain soil and water standards, and because vegetables are part of the food chain, they’re especially vulnerable to diseases and pests,” adding that “the current eco-friendly measures to combat these problems are not yet developed enough to fully replace pesticides.”

  •  China hasn’t developed strict regulations for its foods, and the standards aren’t clear.
  •  Fake “organic” tags are added to boost the price of foods.
  •  Third-party vendors certify these foods. The website of the Chinese Organic Food Classification Centre suggests that COFCC is “a special organization responsible for organic agriculture promotion and engaged in organic-food certification and management under the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture,” but it only supervises 30% of the organic products.

How to buy the best organic foods?

  •  If the label reads “no GMOs,” the food is organic
  •  Look for an “organic certificate”
  •  Organic products are never cheap!
  •  Organic foods are never ever fortified with synthetic vitamins

Eating organic foods is the best thing you can do for your health. Always buy foods from trusted sources. Pay more attention to the products that end on your menu.