Is there more to organic

I am supposed to be posting my follow-on to Sugar:: Friend or Foe explaining why I don’t vilify sugar in my practice.  I promise that post is forthcoming but another topic has sprung to the forefront of my mind just today.

As many of you know I have just relocated to Lebanon (and I don’t mean Pennsylvania either!) as in Beirut, and yes, as in perceived war torn third world country. (Naysayers couldn’t be more wrong and I will be posting pictures to prove it soon!)   Anyway, I digress.

I have been looking at how to source grass-fed meats, free-range chicken, wild fish, pastured eggs, etc.  Thus far I have managed to get my hands on wild boar, and have a source for wild fish (and even grass-fed beef albeit without the bone which really doesn’t impress me much) through Meat the Fish which deliver to your door.  (Still, guys, if you read this…. three words….ON THE BONE!!!!)

Still, the things that elude me are raw milk from cows I can verify are not fed on grains and soy (and from one dairy my nephew visited, I garner most farmers believe feeding soy and corn to cows is a good thing), pastured eggs without having to go way up into the mountains, and free-range chickens.

Don’t get me wrong, I WILL go wayyyyy up into the mountains for pastured eggs and free-range chickens but I don’t know how I will fare in the winter months.

In my quest to find decent chicken I went to a few supermarkets that claim to sell organic products.  They do indeed sell some amazing fruits and vegetables.  (Since the fruits and veggie growers are following EU standards and are certified, this post does not apply to them.) They also sell “organic” chicken.

Oh how my heart leaped……for a second.  Upon closer inspection, the chickens were imported from France; not a deal breaker, of course, but not local.  Upon renewing my understanding of French writing, I noticed the words proudly emblazoned across the packaging, CORN-FED.

My heart sank.  I put the chicken back in the freezer and continued on my way…..chickenless.

Today, I was on a coursemate’s Facebook Page A New Earth Organic Store and noticed they sold organic chicken.  The comment they made to the person asking if this was sold that it was indeed from France and it was “the best chicken they had ever tasted”.  Since corn fed anything is fattier, I wouldn’t doubt that, however, nothing was mentioned that it was corn-fed even though it was organic.

Why, you may ask is being corn-fed such a big deal?  Well, chickens (as well as pretty much any animal including cows, goats and sheep) don’t digest corn well, in fact, in chickens, it can lead to poor egg-laying and poor egg quality.  It fattens them very quickly as well.  Tasty?  Maybe.  Full of PUFAs? Definitely.

Bottom line, in my view, corn feeding an animal is tantamount to soy feeding because both result in estrogen dominance, sugar mishandling, adrenal weakness and thyroid dysfunction among many other health issues.  And ok, I will give the chicken producers props for not using GMO corn and for ensuring it is organic but corn is really corn.  Organic does not make it any healthier in this instance.

Frankly, any chicken that isn’t allowed to forage is not worth eating.  Their eggs are not worth eating either.


Just because something is labelled “organic” doesn’t mean it is automatically healthier.

This goes double for any meat or fish labelled “organic”.

The word “organic” does not make it healthier.  If the feed is corn, or worse, a mixture of corn, soy, and God knows what else, even if it is organic, it doesn’t make it healthy.  Fish grown in “sustainable” fisheries, for instance, are often fed grains, something fish were NEEEEEEVVVVVEEEEERRR created to eat.

Trust me when I say, any animal product fed on grain is an Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acid imbalance waiting to happen.  Organic doesn’t figure into its health and life giving properties.

Of course, I do believe properly labelled and certified organic vegetables (especially low ground and root veggies) and fruits to be king and wild-crafted herbs, fruits, and vegetables leave me weak in the knees.

Organic meats raise nothing but suspicion and cause a plethora of questions to burst forth in my mind.  I am hoping this post puts those questions in your mind.

Don’t just assume something labelled “organic” is automatically more healthful.  After all, PepsiCo is marketing a Raw Pepsi in the UK and Coca-Cola is threatening to release an Organic Coke in the near future.  Does that mean they are as healthy as a bowl of fruit??

Things that make you go HMMMMMM!


6 replies
  1. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    Great article!! I am so blessed to live where I do and have relatively easy access to pastured animals, etc. I hope you are able to locate them where you live. One other thing: Organic Coke? Wrong. So wrong.

  2. Mary
    Mary says:

    Great post! We try to eat as healthy as possible. We grow a lot of our veggies here and all organically. But we tell our patients the same thing…organic doesn’t always mean healthy.

    The make “organic” oreo-type cookies! Not healthy!

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Yeah, I never got those organic Oreo cookie things either. 🙂 Nor do I get why many vegans believe because Oreos are vegan that it is acceptable to eat them!

  3. mary
    mary says:

    Oh you broke my heart when I thought of you sadly putting that corn-fed “organic” chicken back in the freezer…..what a shame.
    This is a great article that’s definitely made me go “hmmmm” – not that I’d fall for the organic coke or stuff like that but when I’ve seen organic meat labelled organic meat I haven’t tended to question it.
    Glad to say I have a source of grass fed organic beef mince now which makes the best bolognaise I’ve ever tasted!

  4. Claudia
    Claudia says:

    Thanks for this interesting post and your website! Organic may not be protected in many countries or “enough” in terms of it being flown around and no longer being local, but certified organic in Europe does specifically mean cattle is “only” allowed to eat 40% corn, soy, etc. and 60% has to be grass. That’s not as good as we have it here in Switzerland (certified organic only allows 10% “other”, and 90%! has to be grass), but it’s a large step above cattle that rarely sees a blade of grass (which often happens with factory farms). I’m not sure about chickens, but I can imagine one could find out the diet “rules” certified organic ensures chickens receive.
    And I would think that most farmers do know that cows are ruminants and that they should not be eating large amounts of corn or soy. These farmers are simply under pressure to provide food at a price and if consumers want “cheap” food, farmers’ hands are tied and that’s what consumers get – cheap food (and they are cheating themselves in the end of course). I strongly believe consumers need to ask for what they want and if a market is created, farmers would be more than willing to change their ways.

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I happen to love the rules and laws for Organic in Switzerland. I find them the truest and purest. I know you can still find pastured chickens in Switzerland…. It’s too bad that such a green country as Lebanon has fallen so far afield of their roots in farming!


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