Natural vs Organic

It’s Friday, start of the weekend! After celebrating your freedom from work, you are likely to wake up on Saturday and find your fridge empty.

So you will head to your nearest store, most likely a big supermarket, offering a variety of produce down endless aisles. Not only do you have to debate what items you need and what items you buy for pleasure, but you now have to remember that it’s the new year and you promised yourself to be healthy.

You pay closer attention to the items, some have weird ingredients, most with names you can’t pronounce. Some have sell by and best by dates, which you remember from our previous post and easily get past it. But then you stumble upon ‘natural’ and ‘organic’.

Knowing that being all natural is a good thing, you start wondering, but which one is better? Organic is definitely more expensive, but does price determine quality? If you live in America, the answer is – YES.

Apparently natural does not mean the product doesn’t have GMO’s, nor that it’s antibiotics free. And no, it doesn’t mean it was grown without hormones and toxic pesticides. So you wonder….why in the world does it say – natural? There is definitely nothing natural about GMO’s and toxic chemicals.

Well in America, natural means that maybe, just maybe, your produce has low levels of environmental pollution….that’s about it. No, really….that’s about it. Here’s a chart to prove it. Crazy right?

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Somehow, knowing this you start feeling more like a puppet on the strings of money making corporations. It even makes you reconsider dictionary terms for words, such as natural – “Biology: Not produced or changed artificially; not conditioned; not altered, treated, or disguised.” (Dictionary)

Looks like someone got the definition of all ‘natural‘ wrong. Looks like it may have been you. And now that you know, what are you going to do about it? Hopefully share with everyone so that we stop being played by corporations.

Written by Hokuma Karimova

Source: http://www.stonyfield.com/blog/natural-and-organic/

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