With the recent failing in the Senate to pass the voluntary GMO labeling act (known as the DARK ACT), introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairperson Pat Roberts (R-KS), proponents of synthetic-chemical-agriculture have come out in full-force to bash organic agriculture, as some totally imagined marketing ploy to rip people off with.
Not sure why the venom is directed towards organic farmers, many of which are small local farmers, working family farms, but they have come under fire recently. With bold claims that organics are not grown in different ways, or that organic agriculture is actually more harmful to the environment, to numerous other mostly fallacious claims; those against organic and sustainable agriculture, now blame these organic farmers for the inevitability that genetically modified (GM) foods will contain a GM label in the United States shortly.
, to Forbes
, to plenty of blind-advocates on social media and over the blogosphere, a unified message to condemn organic foods over the past week has surfaced, and with some pretty misleading points.
For instance, Steven Savage, who makes many mentions to his accreditations in the comment section, wrote a piece about why he doesn’t buy organics, and one of his main reasons was that the USDA tests for residue levels of synthetic and organic pesticides on foods, and all is safe according to their pesticide residue testing program
Which, on the surface of such a claim, should settle the fears of anyone concerned about feeding their family toxic pesticides in large enough quantities to impact their health in negative ways. But, what Savage fails to even mention, is that one of the most widely used synthetic pesticides (especially used on GM crops), glyphosates, are actually not tested for
in the residue testing program, so there is no way to determine what the residue levels are on the foods people are consuming. Which ultimately means you have no idea if you are in fact endangering yourself by consuming non-organic foods.
This is an undeniable fact. It is also undeniable that the California EPA
and World Health Organization
have classified glyphosates as a probable carcinogen.
That’s not a trivial point, or one to discard or mislead people on, but a serious lapse in regulation if we aren’t testing for the glyphosate residue levels on our foods.
Sure, I get it, organic foods at certain big-name health food stores are probably marked up dramatically to profit off the organic label, but that’s an issue with those stores, not sustainable organic agriculture. Want to find more acceptance for synthetic-chemical-agriculture, label your products properly, stop condemning consumers, call for more regulation to provide transparency to the market, and stop misleading people with half-truths and incomplete points.