To Be Organic or Not To Be…That is the New Question.

In recent years, China has become a major food supplier to countries around the world and is the third-largest exporter of food according to the 2009 report by the Economic Research Service (ERS). I was surprised to learn how much food the United States imports from China and how it is not inspected directly under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA hires 3rd party private inspectors that are supposedly certified to do the job. Some vegetable from China that were deemed to be organic had pesticides that contain harmful chemicals such as parathion and phorate which are banned in many countries. Both chemicals are highly toxic and generally disrupts the nervous system with short and longterm negative effects. Parathion is a soluble cholinesterase inhibitor and phorate is an organophosphorus compound that bonds more to soil.

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According to a report from ABC 7’s ITeam, Wholefoods had an in-store organic brand labeled “California Blend” vegetables with small print on the back of the frozen bag that read “Product Of China” which raised many concerns. Wholefoods no longer produces the California Blend brand and has shifted to other vegetable mixes such as the Coastal Blend that is not misleading. In one year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stopped 260 shipments of imported food that were contaminated with bad pesticides. How many of these shipments do you think make it into our grocery stores? Watch the ABC 7 ITeam news story here.

It now seems like the best way to ensure a healthier life is by growing your own fruits and vegetables. Mighty Hydro in San Diego has a wide range of 100% organic soil and nutrients carefully crafted for your growing needs. Contact us at and we’ll be happy to assist you with selecting the best soil and nutrients for your own organic home garden.