You have a membership to Costco and want to know what organic foods are safe to buy.
There is no denying that the organics category, once considered a nichee market, has gone mainstream. The organic foods industry has seen double digit growth each year since 1990.
The more consumers become aware of it’s importance, the more they will seek it and the more options you’ll see.
Here is a Costco list approved by BareFood Angel standards.
You will notice I have not included produce (fruit and vegetables), meat, poultry, egg and dairy even though more options are available within Costco.
There is very good reason that I hope you’ll consider for your health’s sake.
Why buy local and organic from small farmers:
You may have heard news about recall of some organic and conventional stone fruits for Listeria contamination or the Hepatitus A outbreak from frozen berries.
Almonds and spinach went through scrutiny. These foods are not the first or last that have gone through scrutiny as far as food born illness prevention is concerned. There will be many more other conventionally grown and processed foods that will cause food born illnesses. We will hear more illogical “solutions” like irradiation or pasteurization.
Meanwhile the real problem…..the source which is always linked to an industrial food system of mass production with run off water from nearby CAFOs or use of pesticides that weakens the plant’s natural defense systems (only to protect against pests that aren’t deadly but a nuisance), and not to mention use of unsustainable farming which promotes use of chemical fertilizer which again weakens the plants natural ability to grow as strong as it can and not providing the consumers all the minerals that natural compost/fertilizer and biodynamic farming food would.
…hence this is why we almost always buy from farmers that we trust (they also happen to be local so the fruits and veggies are picked that day vs picked weeks in advance. When allowed to ripen on the tree or wine, the fruit contains more nutrients and minerals that our bodies crave.
Costco sells organic frozen fruit under SunRise brand. Even though SunRise brand isn’t implicated for the Listeria outbreak and it isn’t associated with Townsend Farms (which was indicated), I wouldn’t trust the source. On Sunrise’s site, it goes on to say that “the fruits we receive from other countries come from companies that we have….”, That statement right there makes me question whether I want to include it on my list. It’s hard enough to fully understand the organic certification from this country much less other countries (other than European countries).
Why I won’t my meat, poultry and dairy from Costco even IF it states that it is organic, sustainably produced and/or grass fed etc?
The ranchers growing these foods for big producers like Costco have a big production.
With big production comes some standards that are practiced that are outside of what mother nature intended.
For instance, the meat may be grass fed, but it may be grain finished. And if it isn’t labeled organic, it may be fed Genetically Modified grains which is a recipe for disaster for your intestinal health (which is where your health begins and is managed).
Just because it says chicken is free range doesn’t mean it is pasture raised the way nature intended. I could write a thesis about this.
Here is a great article about different labels of describing how a chicken is raised and what it means. Half way through this article, you’ll find “on how egg laying chickens are housed”.
What about organic dairy?
For many reasons, I only find organic raw milk (from reputable sources like Organic Pastures) an option for consuming milk.
All other milk (pasturized and homogenized) even if it is triple organic certified, I wouldn’t consume.
More on pasteurization and homogenization in later articles.
BareFood Angel’s Best choices for meat, poultry, dairy, milk:
Local, small farmer/rancher who practices sustainably (being certified organic is best but not all small farmers/ranchers can afford that) and produce food that adhere to the laws of nature.
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