The Health Ranger, author of Food Forensics (FoodForensics.com), reveals the raw truth about what you CAN and CAN’T trust about USDA Organic certification.
Podcast Transcript: “Here’s a question a get from people very frequently: ‘Can you trust organic? What does organic really mean? And do I trust organic?’ I’m very much a skeptic of clean food claims because I run a forensic food laboratory, I’m the author of Food Forensics, I do heavy metal tests, pesticides tests and so on … So, people ask me: ‘Do you trust organic? Does that mean anything to me?’ Here’s the rational, very informed answer. For the most part, yes, organic is a good program. Again, for the most part … I’m going to talk about the exceptions here in a little bit, but it’s a good program. It’s better to buy organic than not organic. When I say organic, I mean USDA certified organic, if you are purchasing in the United States. It is a good program. It does involve auditing. There are organic certifiers that go out and audit the companies to make sure what they are buying and selling under the organic label matches up. They make sure that the documentation is in line, the certificates are legit and so on. However, I don’t personally trust organic from China, and a few other countries…” Listen to the full podcast below: