14 facts you don’t want to know about ‘organic’ food

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Pesticides:

  • Approved Pesticides.  There are 40+ pesticides on the “approved” list for organic farming. They do the same thing as all other pesticides with no guarantee they’re any safer.
  • Half the “natural” chemicals used in organic farming are carcinogenic.  Many of the approved chemicals can do just as much harm as some of the “dangerous” chemicals used often in conventional farming.
  • Organic pesticides aren’t always as effective as synthetic, and often require up to 5 times more to achieve the same protection.  Which is more dangerous – consuming a larger quantity of chemicals that have NOT been tested for safety, or consuming a lesser quantity of chemicals that have been tested for safety

Labeling:

  • There are 35 non-synthetic, non-organic substances allowed as ingredients in “organic” products.  One is carrageenan is an emulsifier, making ingredients creamy. It also causes inflammation.
  • There are 43 synthetic, non-organic substances allowed as ingredients in “organic” products, like cellulose and ethylene.  Cellulose is the fancy name for wood pulp. Synthetic ethylene is sprayed on fruits so that they look ripe at the supermarket.
  • Over 45 non-organically produced ingredients allowed as ingredients in “organic” products.  Included is soy lecithin, the leftover sludge waste from processing soybean oil. Cornstarch is also on the list, produced from corn, 88% of which is genetically modified.
  • Only 95% of a food item is required to be organic in order to be labeled “organic.” Some of the items allowed to be in organic foodstuffs aren’t even food. For example, the synthetic chemicals used in disinfecting washes.

Certification:

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Organic Program (NOP) do not certify or inspect companies/foods for certification..  Neither the USDA or the NOP have specific responsibilities or hands in the day-to-day operations of the organic certification process. Instead, they are simply the managers overseeing that the organic certification is working … in the United States. Neither the USDA or the NOP have any control or authority over organic food from other countries.
  • The company/brand seeking organic certification pays the accrediting company. The accrediting company not only offers the original certification, but they also offer the annual re-certification.  While most companies are honest, this arrangement creates a potential conflict of interest. Fraudulent certifications and under-the-table payments for signatures and accreditation are easily obtained.
  • Two of the three major organic certifying companies are for-profit. Only one organization is non-profit. Since the certifying companies are businesses seeking to obtain and maintain profit, it is very concerning that they’re being paid by the ones they certify.
  • The actual certification to become organic, and follow-up inspections of companies certified organic, is usually outsourced to a third-party. Here’s an example of how far removed the farm can be from your fork:
  • USDA/NOP certifies QAI (QAI pays USDA/NOP).
  • QAI certifies XYZ as an organic tomato processing plant (XYZ pays QAI)
  • QAI outsources the organic certification of the tomato farm to a third-party (the tomato farm pays the third-party, and the third-party pays USDA/NOP)
  • The supermarket buys organic tomatoes from XYZ and has no clue where the tomatoes came from and XYZ may not know either.

Quality of the food:

  • Organic foods may be cross-contaminated with conventional versions of the same food. For example; both organic and conventional avocados are grown in Mexico, likely in neighboring fields, and processed in the same facility. The risk of cross-contamination can occur at the farm itself, shipment to a plant, during processing, during packaging, during shipment and during the stocking of the shelves. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has a database of organic food items contaminated with their conventional counterpart. You can’t judge whether an avocado is organic or conventional by looks alone.
  • Organic foods may be “watered down.”  An almond grower may grow both organic and conventional almonds. At the processing plant, where the nuts are hulled, shelled and pasteurized, conventional almonds may be mixed with organic almonds – intentionally or unintentionally – in order to produce a higher yield of “organic” almonds. It is against NOP rules, but happens nonetheless. The NOP receives hundreds of complaints of fraud each year. 
  • Annual sales of organic food totals about $53 billion each year, yet there are only 37 employees in the NOP.  The NOP is severely understaffed to handle day to day operations and complaints and disputes.. With only one staff member for every $1.7 billion in sales pa., the NOP is forced to be reactive, rather than proactive organization.

 Do you buy organic food? Is it to avoid pesticides? Because it tastes better? Because it’s “healthier?”  Hmmm. I talked with some old hippies at an organic farm the other day.  They were watching the tiny shoots of the newly growing vegetables emerge from the earth. I asked them what they were watching. They replied: “This is the dawning of the age of asparagus, age of asparagus”


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Ultra-Processed Food is becoming a Public Health Problem, research shows

According to the two studies recently The BMJ, it has been found that the consumption of processed foods can lead to various heart diseases and also a higher death risk. Data has been collected from various people in France and Spain. Both the surveys linked processed food with heart disease and a higher risk of death. It has also been noted as the beginning of a public health problem. The increase in the purchase and consumption of processed food can also increase the human and economic burden of various chronic diseases.

The consequences related to processed food:

Processed food includes food items like meats with additives, mass-produced snacks, food that contains flavouring agents, frozen meals and many more. According to the French study which was led by Bernard Srour, it has been found that people who consumed the highest amount of these foods, had 13% of higher risk for coronary heart diseases and 11% higher risk for the disease that limits the flow of blood to the brain, also known as cerebrovascular disease.

According to the Spanish study which was led by Maira Bes-Rastrollo, it has been a 62% increase of mortality for those people who consumed more than four servings of processed food in a day. It has been found that with each serving, the death risk is increased by 18%.

The reason behind the health problem

According to the French survey, it points to the cumulative effect of various food additives like emulsifiers or dies. It also includes artificial sweeteners like saccharine, aspartame and many more can actually affect the way in which the body processes glucose. According to the Spanish study, the heating used in the processing of food produces various contaminants like acrylamide. Similarly, processing of meat can produce carcinogens and the packaging used which is generally plastic might contain bisphenol A. 


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References

Ultra-processed food intake and risk of cardiovascular disease: prospective cohort study (NutriNet-Santé)
Association between consumption of ultra-processed foods and all cause mortality: SUN prospective cohort study

How To Change Your Life For The Better? Buy Gold and Silver

How To Change Your Life For The Better? Buy Gold and Silver

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Through her mother’s guidance about the quality of leadership, young Arlena learned how to save and budget. However, like many of us women, she was not aware of how to invest or plan for her financial future.

Working life in Croatia became very difficult, so much so that businesses, where she worked, couldn’t afford to pay their employees.

Living in the ‘lucky country’, inquisitive Arlena learned about property investment and the value of self-education. Hard times hit again – she became a single mother raising an 18-month old toddler. Life was once again in survival mode.

Through sheer determination and the magic of mentorship, she had a mindset shift. Now she gives other women personal guidance on how to change their lives for the better through purchasing gold and silver.

Watch this week’s video featuring Arlena to understand:

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Online reviews are mainly crap

Online reviews are mainly crap

Reposted with permission from Bob Pritchard

We have discussed before in this newsletter how 75% plus of reviews on sites like Amazon, and Yelp are fake. Well, this is a story of how one small business owner flipped the online review ecosystem on its head.

Chef Davide Cerretini’s Bay Area Italian Botto Bistro, like all other restaurants, was enslaved to so-called online reviewers who could make or break you. He’d had a gut-full. It was time to get free from the extortion, review manipulation, and predatory advertising tactics he saw from Yelp.  

Cerretini had been an early adopter of Yelp where a mere half-star difference in a restaurant’s rating could increase peak-hour foot traffic by as much as 19%.  After Botto Bistro’s opening, Yelp aggressively tried to sell him ads. When he rebuffed them, he noticed 5-star reviews would be removed from his page. Cerretini says Yelp was manipulating reviews.  It was a protection racket.

So he wrote himself 5-star reviews to replace the real ones they removed. Eventually, he relented, spending $270 per month to advertise his business on Yelp. But after 6 months, he canceled. Again, his 5-star reviews were filtered from his page, and 1-star reviews from people who “never even set foot in my restaurant” were suddenly on the top of the page. Cerretini realized Yelp was completely controlling his reputation.  He was pissed! He came to a realization: “What if I don’t give a shit about reputation? What if I take away their power by actually making it worse?” 

So, he placed a simple sign in front of Botto Bistro… Give us a one-star review on Yelp and get 25% off any pizza! Hate us on Yelp. (The discount was later increased to 50%.) His protest came at a perfect time. Days earlier, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled Yelp had the right to manipulate reviews, and its advertising tactics were a form of “hard bargaining” — not extortion.  Small business owners were furious and looking for a vigilante hero. 

That Friday, he was greeted by an “avalanche” of journalists, fellow restaurant owners, and supporters and did more business than he typically did in an entire month. Most supporters refused to take the discount but were thrilled to write a review. In a few days, Botto Bistro’s Yelp page attracted more than 2,300 1-star ratings (95% of its total reviews) extolling the good food, proper service, and rustic ambiance. “Botto Bistro sucks,” wrote one reviewer. “Delicious food priced fairly. One star.”

This earned the restaurant the distinction of being the worst-rated restaurant on Yelp. He got thousands and thousands of letters, thousands of emails a day. People sent cash, checks. Yelp was not pleased. Yelp claimed he was exchanging reviews for “incentives” (a discount on pizza), a violation of the platform’s Terms of Service.  Cerretini posted the emails publicly on social media.  Many business owners have now put “NO YELPERS” signs in their windows, shamed rude reviewers on Instagram, and launched anti-Yelp websites. 

While business owners say Yelp is a “Mafia” that extorts them by manipulating star ratings, Yelp says the extortion claims are really just a “misconception” about how Yelp’s recommendation software works. Yelp is undeniably aggressive in its sales tactics (85% of its ad revenue comes from small businesses) and reviews on the platform do, indeed, frequently fluctuate. Cerretini has forged a career out of his 1-star publicity becoming a celebrity in the restaurant scene.  Yelp calls the act of defiance a publicity stunt that had a negligible impact on their operations.  On occasion, he’ll screw around by changing his listed business hours, or renaming Botto Bistro “The Worst Chinese Food in the World.”

 Sure seems like the kind of guy I’d love to have a pizza and a drink with. Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!


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