In the last few years we are being flooded with information about bio-, natural-, organic- foods, free animals, eco products, etc. Everyone in the media and in social networks points out the countless benefits and positive effects for the health that the above-mentioned foods and products bring into our lives.
But before outlining my concerns I would like to say that I love nature. I think that all products coming directly from nature are the best thing for every one of us. Actually, in my opinion, this is the only natural way for the food chain to go. And everything else is a product of evolution, industrial and technological revolution, consumer society and maybe … greed.
So you can assume that I would love "bio", "eco", "organic" and "natural" but I just can't get out of my mind one simple question - "Is everything that is offered to us as "eco", "bio", "organic" and "natural" really eco, bio, organic and natural?"
For a food or product to be classified in one of these categories, I believe there are thousands of quality tests and requirements to be met. It is not only the lack of pesticides and chemical fertilisers use, but also the soil, water, and the seeds themselves (if we talk about plants) which need to be "virgin" - meaning not treated with chemicals for at least certain amount of time. It seems that the classification is not very clear and simple itself. Natural is not equal to organic. Different regulations, different labels and the only thing that's the same is the price. Bio, eco, natural, organic means expensive but is it actually worth it?
I'm not doubting the regulators not even the producers themselves but with all that waste we produce every day it is a little bit hard to believe that something can be protected from pollution. It so happens that I have a little bit of experience and a certain point of view over the rubbish removal industry. Even if we put aside all the major polluters, primarily the industry, what's left is so much household waste, of any type, that you wouldn't believe it.
One way or another, everything we dump affects nature. In the last decades many things have been done for recycling to be encouraged and pollution decreased. Very strict regulations are applied in every aspect of the waste removal process. Landfills have to be designed and managed in certain ways, waste and rubbish removalists need to meet special requirements and so do the waste management systems of countries, counties and cities.
Even with all these efforts we are still far from the main goal. Pollution is a global problem and a fact that cannot be denied. Waste pollutes even if disposed in state of the art landfills. And what about the people that still think they can cheat the system and throw their junk in the forest, waters, seas, oceans …
So when they say fruits and vegetables have been grown without the use of fertilisers or pesticides, how can we be sure that they haven't been grown in a polluted soil or watered with polluted water? Sometimes in organic farming they use organic fertilisers made of, for example, waste animal products. Are these animals fed with natural or organic fodder? Even if a man decided to grow their own fruits and vegetables, or herd their own animals, is it possible for all the sources of pollutants and pollution to be covered? There is no way to be sure.
What I'm afraid is that the money machine is in action again. We are offered something that costs sometimes 3 times more because it is labeled "organic". How much more eco and bio is it, compared to the normal not-special food of the same type, and is it at all organic? This right here is the million-dollars question.