Organic food – hype or hope? | DW Documentary

There is growing demand in the western world for organic food. But do consumers always get what it says on the label? How can authenticity be verified?


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Organic food – hype or hope? | DW Documentary

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  1. Check out the broadacre studies at Roseworthy Campus University of Adelaide in then 1990's run by Chris Penfold, organic systems outperformed conventional agriculture in practically every measured variable including yield. You cannot call poverty agriculture in some parts of developing lands like in African nations (where farmers would use synthetic fertilisers and pesticides if they could afford them) as Organic. Organic agriculture started on a rigorous scientific basis in Indore India more than 100 years ago and it has been repeated in many places in a transperant way that has consistently providing as good as if not better yields (quantity and quality) than conventional systems

  2. I grow my own vegetables and herbs in my backyard and front yard. It's all heirloom organic seeds. Every season, I save seeds to replaced the ones I've used. So I never run out of heirloom seeds.

    I don't use any chemicals or pesticides. So it's all organic.
    It's hard to trust foods from the stores nowdays because of marketing gimmick and tricks.

    The only thing I don't have is my own chickens to lay pasture raised eggs because my home has a rule against raising chickens.

    I'm saving money so I can buy a new house with lots of acres of land so I can raise my own chickens.

    Pasture raised eggs cost about $5 to $8 for a dozen here. So it's quite expensive.

    I also don't have my own cattle for beef. So I have to buy my grass fed Beef from "The Butcher Box", It's super healthy beef but very expensive.

    For anyone who can grow their own vegetables and herbs at home, do it. It's worth it.

  3. Yahh the problem with ORGANIC is not the ORGANIC but the SUPPLY CANNOT MEET the DEMAND, there are lots of countries around the world that LIMIT THE SIZE OF OWNING THE LAND. Plus the was HIGH PRICE and TIME DEMANDING

  4. 10:33 Lmao between the woman and man, you can tell which one eats GMO… Haha that man's eyes are so gross. They look like they are about to spill out of his eye sockets.. He looks like a zombie! Dude! Get on the organic train!

  5. Our food is poisoned. Even if there were no pesticides and other toxins used, the food is still being poisoned by the fallout from Chemtrails. Barium, Strontium, Aluminium, Moulds, Fungi And other substances are falling on the crops and into the water used to irrigate the land. This is going on worldwide.

  6. I've been only buying organic milk for over 15 years. It was because i needed milk and it was the only brand in stock. It tasted vastly better! I mean amazing! I've converted many to organic milk this way, it is easy to taste.

    These days though? Not all organic brands are the same. Some milk flavor is bad, and I can't see a pattern. Sometimes the premium small co-op brand tastes the worst and the store brand organic the best. Other places the store brand tastes bad.

    Organic fruit and veg in stores, often has rot somewhere. On the other hand some of the best produce i ever tasted are organic. I still go for organic where possible but i don't consider it synonymous with best tasting anymore.

  7. Why do you use overdubbing instead of subtitles? Because of that I find your documentaries unreliable. As you can easily say whatever you find suitable. Yes, you let the watcher hear the first two words or the last two words to give the impression that you give an honest translation, but you dont give us the change to hear what the native speaker says. It makes your documentaries fraudulent and unreliable.

  8. I think they should just relabel the farming product categories appropriately first, since people have misconceptions about what they put into their body, and farmers do not realise what they are actually doing to the environment and their customers by their understanding through our current naming system. Honestly, utilisations of chemically manufactured fertilisers and pesticides are not very conventional, as the term conveys that the methods used are how they have been traditionally throughout human history, which normalises and justifies the use of environmentally damaging chemicals. Therefore, it should be renamed accordingly.

    1. Organic farming products should hold the uttermost highest of standards as it currently is. All food should not have any trace of chemical contamination.

    2. Conventional farming products should be for products that does not use unnatural, toxic, poisonous or environmentally damaging substances, with similar methods of current organic farming, but has little traces of unintended environmental pollution.

    3. Products of the current category of conventional farming should be renamed as industrial farming products, as industriously produced chemicals are used. However, not all industrious farming should be discredited and discriminated against as it is a necessary part of our society. Therefore, they should be subcategorised to encourage responsible farming practices.

    3a. Industrial farming (eco-friendly) should be a category of which the industrial farmers uses chemically manufactured substances, whilst all substances used are bio-degradable, non-toxic, non-poisonous and have little-to-none environment damaging effects. The eco-friendly label should create incentives for the farmers, as it allows the consumers to trust the quality of the products, thus, higher prices.

    3b. Industrial farming are for the rest of the products that, during the farming process, uses chemicals that are harmful to both the environment and the health of the consumers.

    With appropriate labelling, every becomes crystal clear to the farmers and consumers to comprehend the consequences of production and consumption of the products. Furthermore, mislabelling should be a criminal offence, with possible life-time imprisonments and large fines that are comparable to mass-murder as chemical pesticides are poisonous and is proven to cause cancers and organ-failures. Without consequences and penalties, the safety of food with never be ensured.

  9. If you think organic is hype I guarantee you have never heard of the slake test which means you don't know the first thing about agriculture or nature. If you use pesticides or herbicides you are a dust bowl farmer.

  10. Urs Niggli is wrong, a healthy diet consist of tons of meat and animal fats… cut the carbs, fruits and veg, and never eat sugar.

  11. Farming (food production) should not be seen as a business but rather as a social service like education or health care and should be made subject to democratic discourse and accountability as to its methods…

  12. Excellent Doc — I have used it in my ESL (English as a 2nd Language) class as a Listening and Writing assessment in Canada. Please upload more DW, amazing resources for Teachers.

  13. The test for organic products? Has to happen at the producer. Those checks needs to be highly corruption-resistant, because naturally the more relevant they get, the higher the risk of corruption. Who checks on the checkers? – They also needs to be done by amateur professionals who follow a personal convinction and not by easily fooled naive and detached routine-animals.

    Not keeping proper distance to eco farming is of course part of the agenda of the industry lobby. They ruing the competition by dragging them into their mud. This problems also exists with GMO crops. And their weapon of war is money, specifically its scarcity. By setting the standard with profit-max-driven methods, they rob governments of the funds to defend against the onslaught.

    Even worse is that nature will adapt, as always, and as with superbugs from antibiotics overuse, the industry will (have to) use ever-more nasty death agents.

    Labeling fraud is an act of war against society's betterment and should be punished with lifelong license withdrawal. And it shows how convenience leads to insatiability. Those who do not exert extra effort to provide very healthy foods resort to fraud. That is to be expected. Acting in the service of fear adds more fear to the system. Acting in the service of love adds more love.

    The root problem, fear, and right after it its agents, the banksters running a pyramid scheme, needs to be dealt with, or anything will just be fiddling with symptoms and fighting a losing battle by getting distracted by them. And this is why spiritual health care is so important. As society becomes drunk on intellect's technological achivements, people abandon this, or fall for phony alternatives, including outright consumer cults.

    P.S.: There's something very endearing in watching a bunch of chickens bustling about in open terrain.

  14. Organic food is a CON, there is no LEGITAMATE scientific research that proves it to be nutritionally superior or safer to eat. Conventional food is cheaper, better for the environment and tastes a HELL of a lot better than "organic!" I went to an organic vegetarian college called the glass house, and their food was HORRIBLE!! I think Monsanto are the way forewords. Monsanto is not a dirty word either thank you very much, their only a company and I don't need abusing for mentioning their name.

  15. So in the meantime, while the scientists are playing with the egg yolks and putting them in viles, how is the average consumer going to be able to tell the difference between the organic egg and the non-organic egg at the market? Do we get to crack the egg and bring a vile to the market? This is all a bit of hogwash to me! Eat the conventional egg! It's cheaper and "organic" is just a label for farmers and markets to charge more money. When Monsanto's airborne and "land borne" chemicals affect conventional farms, it is the conventional farmers who suffer. They are forced to turn over their produce to Monsanto, and/or be penalized financially. Meanwhile, their produce is no longer "organic." So why are we paying outrageous prices based on theory here? Until there becomes a time where we are able to "zone off" air, and water, so that there is a distinct difference between organic air and water, and non-organic air and water, we will be deceived by labels and exploited by high prices with no guarantee of what is what. So, unless it just makes you "feel good" to say in your elitist voice, that "I only buy organic," then go with the conventional. Your wallet and peace of mind will thank you. Mine have! 🙂

  16. We need to get the corrupt United Nation and Monsanto CAFO Farming OUT—-We need Organic Biodynamic Regenerative Farming—-We need RAW A2 Milk—Not Pasteurized/Homogenized A2 Milk—-Not A1 Milk with the dangerous opioid BCM-7—–!!!!

  17. 42 minutes of scare mongering and FUD. Not a citation, no evidence, just conjecture and some perls like "organic farmers want to work in harmony with nature, conventional are just concerned about profits".

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