'Pure nonsense' - and other things you say about organics

2014-10-10 09:37
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Over the last week, we've looked into organic food, with some interesting findings. Red tape, exorbitant prices, and dodgy practices plague the industry.

But best of all, were YOUR comments on the topic.

And if you haven't had anything to say yet, you can e-mail us or upload your thoughts.

But for now... Ready. Set. Debate.

RED TAPE, DAMNED RED TAPE

News24 User Alan Gernet wants the bugs to be alright:

"... a friend who has an organic farm is not allowed to use chemicals. Perhaps different organic Certification agencies have different rules, but I doubt it. That aside, poisons used by commercial farming have to be far more lethal to humans. A good way of looking at Organic is - if it's good for the bug, it's good for the human."

Carl Botttcher writes:

"I know a few folk who went through the certification process and it costs the earth and to some out of reach and too many hoops to jump through. Seems just like the green energy story, a very expensive novelty. Pity though, would like to see healthy food and clean energy take off but looks like too many people on the take

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

Retief de Villiers writes:

"This whole organic thing is ridiculously overhyped and just a way of wringing more money out of the purses of gullible consumers. There is absolutely no difference between a Nitrogen molecule coming out of a fertiliser factory and a Nitrogen molecule emanating from the backside of a cow."

Riaan Louw gets to the point:

"... I always find it funny that people who aren't starving are the only ones fighting against genetically modified foods."

While Kobus Hattingh keeps it simple:

I truly dont worry about this. Price alone determines whether I would buy it or not.

FROM THE FARMER'S MOUTH

Jeff Jones writes:

"Here in Namibia we have to farm organically by law, but if the laws were to change I would switch to intensive farming in a heartbeat. I'm sick of us organic farmers being paid one or two rand more per kilo and then the supermarkets charge almost twice as much for our product. Also, currently I'm farming 2000 head of cattle, with feed lots, growth enhancers and other supplement I could easily push my production to 5000 head."


FAUXGANICS

Says Louis Lategan:

"There is not one 100% organic product comercialy produced on any shelf anywhere in the world."

News24 user Atheitis doesn't like snot eggs:

"Anyone can label a product organic in South Africa and up the price. Free range is also a totally misused term.

"I buy eggs directly from a farm where the fowls run free. The eggs are no all of the same size and shell colours vary. Crack one and the yolk is bright orange and the white does not resemble snot. What the supermarkets term "free range" clearly is not. I understand that if a fowl is ever allowed a single day in the sunshine it is designated free range."

Heather talks about worms:

"It is totally used and abused here in SA. Had a laugh the other day, label on mushrooms said "low GI" - seriously!!
The only time I know something is organic is if I have grown it in my own garden. I dont use pesticides, only use the worm that I get from my worm farm- and the compost generated from the worm farm."

PROGANICS

"Organic should be the "default" way of producing ALL our foods, from vegetables to meat and should not cost more (for a number of reasons) but due to the greed-based economics we are faced with, this is something that is being exploited and used by unscrupulous people to make a bigger buck.

ALL farming should be in line with natural, sustainable principles and people should shun factory-farmed food, especially where there is usage of poisonous (and eventually catastrophically damaging) chemicals such as glyphosate, antibiotics and hormone treatments... " - News24 User Andy

GIVING THANKS

And Kobus was thankful that we were highlighting this über-interesting topic.

"News24, it's really great that you are informing us about where our food comes from. Please don't stop. Yes, most people don't care. But it's vital that we start caring. I'm very impressed that you are persisting with this topic."

Derek agreed.

"I agree - well done News24 - as you can see, there is a lot of misconception and confusion out there."

More typically robust debate can be found in the comments sections of these organics articles and videos on News24:

Pseudo organics con?
5 things you are getting wrong about organic food
Most of South Africa eats genetically modified food

Also see how we don't do so well in the organic farming stakes...

INFOGRAPHIC: SA bottoms out in organic stakes

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