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?

Is organic food automatically healthier? Consumers are prepared to pay a significant premium for it. There are currently, however, no reliable tests for distinguishing organic from conventionally produced food. Farmers need to invest a great deal of time, energy and money to qualify as a producer of organic food. There is no proof, however, that organic food actually contains fewer contaminants than conventionally farmed products. There is no such thing as pollution-free food, and there are currently no tests available for reliably distinguishing between organic and non-organic food. That opens doors for lucrative labeling fraud, which in turn explains why there are far more organic eggs on the market at Easter than at any other time of the year. The statistics clearly suggest manipulation, but it is hard to obtain evidence due to the differences between the two production processes appearing to have little effect on the quality of the product. Irish dairy farmers, for instance, are not allowed to label their milk “organic” because the pasture land where their herds spend more than 300 days a year are treated with mineral fertilizers. Because cows are themselves bioreactors, however, the milk they yield contains no trace at all of fertilizer. On average, conventional Irish milk contains more omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants than organic milk from Germany. The reason is the fodder; German organic farms may use only concentrates and silage as supplementary feed to increase milk output – which impacts negatively on the quality of the milk. This documentary looks at researchers who are studying potential ways of reliably distinguishing between organic and conventionally produced food. And that is no easy task. Nearly every foodstuff requires a specific test. But one thing is certain: organic farming makes a major contribution to human welfare – by helping to mitigate climate change, protect the groundwater, conserve nature and promote animal welfare.

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  • Itzel Direm

    The British study must have been diluted by corporate researchers. Mad cow was a result of feeding the cows with rotten meat. I support organic farming 100%

  • Mi Ta

    Earth is not meant to sustain the current level of population and economic growth. Humans push this fictitious concept of annual GDP growth to measure prosperity in lieu of the adverse health effects on humans and the whole ecological system on earth. To create more value and thus more “money” we need to input into the system more energy, cheap energy. But unfortunately these sources of energy come from mostly the broken bonds between atoms and molecules created in laboratories to form new products not found in nature such as pesticides.

  • 75zoran

    if you would need to feed a small community, no problem, but if you want to make it to the market, and make a MONEY, totaly different story!

  • King K

    Go back to normal agriculture without any chemicals will probably get rid of 2/3 of the world population . So it is a choice we have at the moment but with the rarefaction of fossils fuels we will have to go back to organic food but it will be under constraint not by choice and the consequences are going to be very violent . Nature do not need us .

  • Sam Afgan

    Heartbreaking seeing that baby cow sucking on the chains that the guy was using to lock it into its enclosure it want to be suckiling on its mother for Christ’s sake not a fucking chain. Is it so difficult to let the babies stay with their mothers just a while longer??? Seriously that’s so fucked up.

  • Toni

    The drug and pesticide industry can con anyone into believing any bullshit. They'll say anything to make money. Fact is good farming will fix all problems. No chemistry is needed for anything.

  • Shaik Babjee

    If Leaders of Countries in this Beautiful Planet, have Real Integrity, Infomation and Intelligence this world will definitely be a better place in all aspects of life.

  • 3timesmorebirthsthandeaths

    rich people who don't have to work can afford to create this movement and charge you twice the price at the supermarket

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