Organic versus Non-Organic

When we hear ‘organic’ the word healthy automatically comes to mind. After all that’s what organic means, wholesome and naturally produced.

 

CHICKEN
CHICKEN

 

What Is Organic Meat?

Cows, chickens, pigs and fish that are raised on products without the use of chemicals, are those deemed to be organic.

Organic meat is not a “mainstream” product, and not what ends up on most people’s dinner table as it is still considered a specialty item, though, has it grown in popularity in the last few years.

 

BEEF SKEWERS
BEEF SKEWERS

Labeling and seals

  • 100% Organic – Products that have the Organic Seal must be 100% organic or produced from only organic ingredients.
  • Organic – In order to use this label, products must be at least 95% organic.
  • Under 95% – Those products that are at least 70% organic are allowed to place: “made with organic ingredients” on the label, but, they cannot use the Organic Seal.  Any foods that are less than 70% organic are not allowed to use the seal or any type of organic wording on their product labels, except mentioning specific items under the ingredients list.

The Organic Debate

For most the choice comes to price, since organic meat is much more expensive than on. Some people think that it’s all a “scam,” and that there is really no difference between the organic and non-organic products except to up the price.

Also, many consumers just don’t want to hear  how unhealthy their favorite cut of meat is so they choose to ignore the fact their favorite cut was raised with a dose of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones to ensure the animal from which it came grew as large as possible before the slaughter.

Big business would certainly like to keep it that way because farms that do adopt less organic ways to cultivate their product means profits, which is why these manufacturers cringe every time the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) make headlines.

PETA activists may be onto something, however, and are more than a bunch of fanatics who like to throw red paint on women who wear expensive mink furs.

Humans are not herbivorous unless they choose to be. The man has been eating meat since the dawn of time, but, the only way to serve the masses is to produce, produce, produce and that means altering the way animals are raised.

The one million dollar question is, is it unhealthy for humans to continue to eat meat that is chemically altered or ‘not organic?’

People can recall the efforts of many celebrities such as Pamela Anderson who pointed a finger at KFC for its cruel and unethical treatment of chicken.

Paul McCartney and his former wife Linda were huge vegetarian advocates, but, little has been done to change people’s minds when it comes to their appetite. If that delectable slab of barbecue spareribs or that succulent filet that came from a manufacturer that used steroids to help that animal grow faster than would have naturally and chances are people will close their ears so they can enjoy their food instead.

Urban legends have been circulating for years that adolescents are maturing faster because the food they’re eating has been altered with hormones. If the hormones used to ensure animals mature faster are the same hormones that are being ingested by humans and they too are maturing faster does it make a compelling argument?

It’s no secret that farmers use pesticides or what is commonly referred to as ‘bug spray’ to ward off pesky critters that can ruin wheat, corn or barley that is then used to feed the cattle, hogs or chickens that eventually are slaughtered, cleaned, butchered and packaged to be sent to market for human consumption.