Factory Farming, Agribusiness and Organic Food: Here Is The Connection.
I had posted this similar info on my other blog but I am focusing almost exclusively on this one so I wanted to get the exposure this post needs by placing it here with a few additional details.
This is a flow chart I discovered while working on my book. It outlines how large agribusiness is moving in on the Organic food movement sometimes with reckless, abusive manipulation leading to marginalization of products or at the least incorporating a portion of non organic ingredients. It is important for all of you to know if you are pursuing the Organic lifestyle. Do your homework. Don’t over pay for things that are not what you expect them to be. Make a few calls and read your labels. If a product only has one organic ingredient, why would you pay a much higher price? Many of these companies make good products but we must stay vigilant. Who do you think inadvertently ruined the food supply over the last 50 - 100 years? Replacing good wholesome food with overly processed, nutrient deficient & chemically laden foods. Learn more about what you need to know to Live Smartandstay informed.
Organic food is still the more beneficial but now we must tread diligently and not get duped. Some manufacturers produce foods with only one organic ingredient, some ingredients are not certified to the source or worse. Let’s watch these products and stay informed. They may be very good products sporting the new plainly and boldly visible USDA Organic label on the front of them but we also know the USDA has not acted in your best interest in the past. The list of non organic substances allowed in organic foods was supposed to have decreased from the level of 25 ingredients but instead has increased to over 200 ingredients. This belabors my point. Many of the products from these companies are good products. Some may not be. They may take a turn to cheapen the products during hard economic times. Take action to keep these companies honest. Demand what you want and don’t want in a product. These are tough times and we can afford to choose. If the large conglomerates begin to bastardize or marginalize the product, as has begun to happen on some fronts, we have the power to act together. We can act, share information, expose problems and collectively boycott purchases of these products. We can choose to support local small businesses, farmers, and producers thus putting a strain on the pocket books of the large conglomerates, whereby initiating a reason for them to take action to support our wishes. Contact your congress person and voice your opinions regarding organics, food production, chemicals in food and especially regarding HR 2749 (The Food Safety Enhancement Act). This bill in it's current form can essentially restrict your ability to grow your own food, puts undue regulation and extortionate fees on small farms & producers thus putting may local businesses OUT OF BUSINESS. Some of your freedoms, your right to choose and health are at stake here. Use this form to voice your opinion. Democracy In Action
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