Thursday, July 30, 2009

What You Might Not Know About Your Organic Food

Factory Farming, Agribusiness and Organic Food: Here Is The Connection.
Organic Industry Structure Source:Click Here

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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Liggy B. said...

You've brought up some good points here, Tim. I agree with evaluating the cost in comparison to a similar product which is not organic. In some instances, like say...cabbage or lettuce heads that may have been labeled "organic" simply because herbal pesticides and not chemical pesticides were used in the farm and no other difference, it may not make more sense to pay one or two extra dollars for the organic one. That is, if you're like me and peel off and throw away all outer leaves and still wash the inner sections anyway.

Anonymous said...

All these issues with food are so time consuming and mind confusing. The only way to be sure is to grow and make everything yourself.

Anonymous said...

I just got home and checked the organic chocolate I got this week. All ingredients are organic.

Have a good weekend too!

Como cria rum blog said...


Great post ...
Nice reading

Elizabeth said...

I have noticed this too. I have seen in grocery store and health food stores products listed as organic. Just to find out when I read the label only one maybe two ingredients are organic. It's a scam, I think.

TC said...

Hey Trisha,
Yea. In some respects there is an element of deception to overcharge & extort. However, there are some good products out there you just have to be vigilant. Read labels, contact companies and seek local products where you can interact with actual producers and farmers. We love local farm markets and food coops.

Unknown said...

While the organic movement is necessary and the right thing to do, there are unintended consequences. Anytime you establish standards or certifications, the corresponding regulatory body or organization sees is now a financial beneficiary. For example, small tea farmers who have been practicing organic farming cannot afford to go through the USDA certification process and still maintain a viable business. As a result, the big conglomerates who have the deep pockets control the market and squeeze out the small to mid-size tea farmers. The system needs to change so that the big guys don't conrol everything again.