It is very uncomfortable to consider the possible reality that our government is consciously or unconsciously is acting towards keeping us sick, overworked, and dumb. If this were not the case, then why are excitotoxins like monosodium glutamate (MSG) as well as thousands of other chemicals I can barely pronounce still allowed into our food? Simultaneously the health foods industry is under such intense regulatory measures that many artisans are unable to provide their health products to people that need them. Take kombucha, for example, a beverage that when fermented to its full potency provides some rather astonishing health benefits. However, the FDA states that .5% alcohol by value is the legal limit past which one must acquire a beer & wine license to continue doing business. The result has been an army of Kombucha crafters with medicine they desperately want to share. Due to the nature of these outdated laws, not only do people not have access to these natural healing modalities, but the creators are also unable to sell the drink to make a living.
It is nice to imagine as though I am in a safe little bubble with my organic food, free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, etc. Unfortunately, the organic stamp has become borderline meaningless. The law states that only 95% of a product’s ingredients must be organic for it to be ‘certified organic’. That means there are about 200 non-organic substances that manufacturers can use without sacrificing their claim of purity. Furthermore, even if a product does come from an ethical source, how can you know what was in the water they fed to the plants? Or what pesticides blew over from the adjacent conventional tomato farm?
The intention behind buying organic food is a good one, and I strongly encourage it. However, I am merely saying that a high degree of awareness must also be present in order to safely navigate these tricky waters. Essentially, the hope is that you don’t just see a USDA organic sticker and blindly believe you are buying something of quality. That green & white seal is a good indicator that you are minimizing the amount of toxicity in your food. What it ultimately comes down to is knowing about the people or company from whence your foodstuffs came. The rabbit hole only gets deeper once you start exploring who owns what company. You will see that a tiny handful of corporations controls a majority of, well, everything. It gives that childhood board game Monopoly a whole new meaning. What if instead we designed board games that focus on sharing, equality, and sustainability?
When it comes down to it, eating organically can be another way for many people to feel that they are superior to others. The real goal here is to change our agricultural system so much, that there is no need to distinguish between organic and non-organic. In an ideal world, food just grows out of fertile soil while drinking clean water. It seems a bit far-fetched, but as the new generation it is on us to turn the tide of this cosmic battle!