If you were in Southern Calif, specifically San Diego, I bet you were in Julian. They are famous for their pies.
I don’t care if it makes me naive, but I want to believe the USDA.
What are we to do?
I have the little vegetable and herb garden but really, how do you know?
Yes, Julian! That’s the place.
I’d love to believe the USDA too, but they are beyond corrupt. I’m not some paranoid hippie tree hugger but money/special interests/industry runs the USDA. Like rainjack said, in America “organic” is just a marketing term. There are loopholes that allow growers to label their produce as organic when in fact they are not 100% organic. Who wants to spend money on 50% organic foods? Isn’t the point that it’s 100% organic? It’s like a woman saying she’s kinda pregnant. Either you are or you aren’t. There’s no “kinda organic”.
Sadly, money rules our country and corrupts even once straight government officials and politicians. The system is much bigger than any individual we put in office.
Anyhow, I love buying strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries from local farmers markets even if they’re not advertised as “organic”.
Here is just one example of USDA’s flawed labeling practices for “organic” foods:
Its just not the USDA that has been corrupted to the Nth degree. Nearly every governmental organization has serious conflicts of interests with many of the industries its supposed to be acting as the publics advocate in. FDA? Pretty much Big Pharmas bitch.
USDA?Corporate agriculture’s bitch. And the list goes on and on…
As far as speaking on the benefits of organic, I read a study awhile back that showed that organic produce in the truest sense of the word actually contained more nutrients and phytochemical content than its conventionally grown alternative.