[Quyen] Day 18: Interview, Part 2 – Misperceptions and Tips

Aug 02, 2013

The second part of the interview with Andrea Hall includes common misperceptions around organic and natural products, as well as tips for those trying to make the switch.

Do you feel there are any misperceptions or myths? How so?

That natural, all-natural and organic are synonyms to be used interchangeably.  These terms are often very confusing but they do not have the same meaning. There is even a difference between natural and naturally raised. READ THE LABEL! According to the USDA “naturally raised” means:

Livestock used for the production of meat and meat products that have been raised entirely without growth promotants, antibiotics (except for ionophores used as coccidiostats for parasite control), and have never been fed animal (mammalian, avian, or aquatic) by-products derived from the slaughter/harvest processes, including meat and fat, animal waste materials (e.g., manure and litter), and aquatic by-products (e.g., fishmeal and fish oil). All products labeled with a naturally raised marketing claim must incorporate information explicitly stating that animals have been raised in a manner that meets the following conditions: 1) no growth promotants were administered to the animals; 2) no antibiotics (other than ionophores used to prevent parasitism) were administered to the animal; and 3) no animal by-products were fed to the animals. If ionophores used only to prevent parasitism were administered to the animals, they may be labeled with the naturally raised marketing claims if that fact is explicitly noted.

Taken from the USDA website:

Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard (January 21, 2009, Federal Register Notice (74 FR 3541) – PDF

The term “natural” on food packaging could be anything. Please read the label. It will shock you to find out what our government and these corrupt manufactures have deemed to be natural.  In “natural” all of the following are allowed in the products; toxicants, GMOs, antibiotics, growth hormones.

Organic is strictly defined by federal regulations. When you see the USDA organic label you will be secure in the fact that the product was madewithout toxicants, persistent pesticides, GMOs, antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. Those seeking organic certification will be audited yearly. Just to name one of the requirements, there is a 3-year transition period for land used in organic production unless the land owner can prove that no prohibited substances were used in or near the area during the previous 3 years (USDA official website)

I feel that there are two prevalent misperceptions concerning all-natural and organic products. First is Secondly, is that there’s no need to research or even be weary of these types of products. I have witnessed people ingesting essential oils that should be used sparingly, only topically, or not at all.

What tips would you give to someone who is new to going organic and trying to make the switch? 

To live holistically is the top priority. In the example above, I mentioned that one should know what natural or organic products are good for them and in what instance to apply them.

I have a weight problem so I’m starting to juice my veggies and fruits in order to help me in this lifestyle change. But before I started this journey there were some weird get-thin-quick schemes like an all cabbage diet, or an all lemon diet. I say that to illustrate the difference between switching from dove to organic soap, easy as pie. Switching to an entirely organic lifestyle takes a little bit of planning and educating yourself on the possible booby-traps set for you in your local supermarket. Both changes are necessary but the execution must be done properly.

Economics is a major factor that no one wants to address. If a person makes $30,000 annually with a family of 2 they may not be able to go entirely organic. Do they deserve to be less healthy because they make less? No, of course not. But you find yourself playing Russian roulette while shopping. Organics can get expensive so we’ve turned to http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com/. During these difficult economic times, I would suggest picking what’s most important such as meats, poultry or diary and fruits that do not have hulls such as peaches, grapes, etc…

Anything else you would like to share?

Find your local farmer’s market!! You can find some great items without the store price tag plus you are helping your local community. Reach out to your local farms to see if they will let you come and pick your own produce for a discounted rate.

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