Do Not Ever Again Trust “Organic” from China! Here Are 6 Reasons Why!
We all want to eat organic food. A lot of conventional foods produced and manufactured in China is toxic and fake! The last researchers proved that! There is rice from China that contains plastic or is GMO, eggs contain chemical and a lot of other food products contain very high level of arsenic.
The Congress now removed the labeling for country of origin. That most valuable for meet. Home companies are simply struggling to find new sources of food to meet the growing demand for organics in the USA. , Be careful with the label “organic”. That food could actually come from China or other countries and not from U.S. farmers.
This can be a serious problem having in mind the overall level of pollution and lack of standards in China if we compare to the U.S.
Here are six reasons why:
1.Organic China Products Can Contain an Unlimited Amount of Heavy Metals
We all know that certified organic product cannot contain herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals or other toxins when the produce is growing.
But farmers in China can actually use water with mercury or chemicals on the crops and still keep the organic label. Since a lot of parts in China are experiencing huge pollution, that pollution is very high and heavy in the water.
But the trace ability lack in comparison to U.S. organic farms means that you’ll have a very hard time discovering any more information on how do they grow the produce.
China – Almost None Environmental Regulations
China is a complete environmental disaster. Lack of regulation has caused the country to experience record air pollution in Beijing, and studies have shown that 90% of groundwater and at least 40% of rivers are polluted.
According to another report , there is a pollution of around 1/5 of the country’s farmland.
The pollution of water is very high. The proof is that a few years ago, an eyeglass-retailer executive dared Bao Zhenming, local environmental protection chief, to swim in a river for 20 minutes for more than £20,000. Bao, of course, has declined.
This is the same water that they use to water the “organic” crops.
There are still wise and honest companies when it comes to growing natural produce. But it is nearly impossible to know who to trust.
Government Departments and Agencies in China are Not Operating Properly
Guangzhou Daily reported that when one conscious consumer wanted to inform an authority about fake organic produce, they were bounced between four government departments before finding out that none of them had the authority to deal with this problem.
At the same time the USDA is trying to keep track of all the shipments coming from China, but they have reported that several shipments of organic berries and beans were full of harmful pesticides.
Reports have also stated that numerous Chinese food growers illegally buy organic certification paperwork .After that they grow foods in a non-organic way.
Herbs and Supplements from China Are Contaminated with Lead
A lot of herbs have detoxifying properties so they easily absorb heavy metals. For example, there was a test that chlorella from China contained aluminum. It also contained cadmium, arsenic and lead.
Although not natural, a lot of conventional green tea companies have illegally used banned chemicals, as reported by Greenpeace.
Can it happen to organic tea? – It might, because we cannot trust the organic certification in China.
Corruption: China Has Forged Organic Certification Label and Other Documents
There are for years rumors about companies in China forging documents. And in 2011 USDA released evidence of a fraudulent organic certificate made by a non-certified company. The firm used this fake certification to sell non-natural soy, buckwheat and millet as organic.
“Not many people, including myself, believe the organic label. I think maybe 30 % of farms that put the organic label on their food produce the real thing,” said Tony Guo, sales director of City Shop, the Shanghai grocery chain.
Organic China Products are Often Certified by Third-Party Agencies
The Chinese Organic Certification Center (COFCC) is the agency who is responsible of certifying organics in China. However, reports say that they only inspect 30% of products. Private third-party firms make inspection for the rest.
Though USDA should certify the import of natural products to the US, there are not enough certifies agents to meet the need. Therefore the USDA relies on hiring third party who do the certification process in China. On at least one occasion the certifier from China provided the paperwork but did not physically confirm that the organic food complied with the organic regulations.
Until better regulations are enforced in China, and the country resolves its pollution problem, it might be wise to avoid food from China altogether, even if it has the “organic” stamp on it. Because even if it was not forged, it might not mean a whole lot considering the country’s dire environmental situation.
Chinese “Organics” at Whole Foods?
According to a 2008 investigation by a news station in Washington, D.C., Whole Foods in particular sells a ton of organic products from China. The company’s organic “California Blend” even came from the country, before this investigation came out and forced Whole Foods to change. Whole Foods said in 2010 that it stopped sourcing frozen veggies from China in its own line of products, except for edamame.
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