The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2007 Consumer Brochure, published under the USDA National Organic Program, sets specific standards for foods produced domestically to carry the “organic” label. Here are the rules for farming production:
“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”
No antibiotics or growth hormones. Few toxic pesticides. Government farm inspectors. The USDA demands that organic products are at least 95 percent organic to merit an “organic” classification on supermarket shelves.
Not so in China. Different strokes for different folks. Even the natives suspect their food is tainted and jeopardizes human health. “The Chinese food production industry is one of the world’s least-regulated and most corrupt,” according to Natural News, which also reveals that “many shipments from China to the U.S. are turned away due to unsafe additives, drug residues, mislabeling and general filth.”
In 2007, pet treats contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid killed thousands of cats and dogs in the U.S. The toxic products were recalled from grocery stores. Pet owners filed lawsuits for damages and received $12,357,277, paid on 20,229 claims from the United States and Canada.