Yes, you are right that the word "organic" is thrown around a lot but it certainly DOES mean a lot. There is so much more to the world of organic farming than the average person knows. AND, it's not the FDA that monitors it anyway, it's the USDA. And the USDA isn't the only organization that monitors organic standards.
The USDA took over regulating the term "organic" back a few years when YES, the term "organic" was being thrown around much too much with some unscrupulous food manufacturers using it indiscriminately and even in a corrupt manner. But, at that time there were many, many folks like myself who were very content with the private organic standards organizations like Oregon Tilth and and California CCOF which had been our stamp of high quality, stringent standards. When we saw that the government was going to move in and take over the standardization we all cringed and knew that now our organic certification was going to be dumbed down and also the price would go up. We were right. It costs a heck of a lot of time, effort and money to apply and get a government approved organic certification that many farmers can't do it or they will be put out of business.
So, if you don't know of any local farms that practice sustainable agriculture that you can trust, the very next best thing you can do is always look for the USDA organic seal on the things you buy. That seal will indicate that the food does live up to a certain standard (maybe not the very best) of cleanness from toxic fertilizers, pesticide residue and many other rules that have to be obeyed. This is certainly WAY MUCH better than the grossly toxic stuff that is sold in stores that is not labeled USDA Certified Organic.
This is just a tidbit of information for anybody who is just a tidbit interested. There is more to know if you have more interest.
Packaged, commercial soil for vegetable gardening SHOULD be labeled with the same ingredient lists that are on food packages. What is in the soil will be in the food grown. If it doesn't list the ingredients be wary of composted toxic human waste being in it. It's not the human waste itself that is bad, it's the toxic chemicals that humans eat that come out and spoil the environment--like hormones, blood thinners, statin drugs, etc. etc
Most all skin care products are full of toxic things and concerned people are turning to healthier choices. See: www.ewg.org/skindeep/
to look up the stuff you are using to see just how toxic it is--great website
Most all cleaning products are an environmental disaster. The fumes and particles that are breathed by the people who use them are causing all kinds of respiratory and other problems. I use plain cheap distilled vinegar to clean my house and soften my clothes--it is antibacterial, deodorizing and makes clothes soft. The vinegar smell disappears as soon as everything is dry; vinegar is like that. I love it!
If anybody actually reads through all this then I am proud of you!
Thanks for hearing my rant.
Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 6/18/2011 (19:31)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul