You Are What You Eat
Think it's organic? Think again.
Today we are going to talk about what makes a food organic and the changes in the industry. III.
We are going to explore
A. "Purists" view on what makes a food organic.
B. "Big Box" influence on organics.
C. Organic Standards
Purists have a higher expectation of what organic means.
A. Organics must be grown without man-made chemicals such as synthetic fertilizers and
pesticides. They should not be genetically modified .
B. Livestock should be free of hormones, antibiotics and radiation and should have access to
the outdoors and be fed organic feed.
C. Purists believe in the ethical treatment of employees and livestock with the goal of selling
locally to minimize the use of fossil fuels that would be used in transporting product longer
Food Chains jump on the wagon for big profits.
A. With the growing popularity of organics and public demand, the big box businesses
recognize a profit opportunity and have begun buying up the original, small, organic farms
and manufacturers. Kellogg now owns Bear Naked and Kashi. General Mills, Kraft and Coca
Cola are in on it too.
B. Corporate executives are picking up seats on the 15 member Board of Directors that
determine organic standards. These positions were originally to be a blend of farmers,
consumers, retailers, scientists. Big Box executives are filling questionable seats.
C. Organic standards are negotiated so that more organic products can be made. This includes
more than 250 non-organic additives including carrageenan (suspected to cause
inflammation, gut irritation and possibly cancer) and other debatable additives.
Some of you might argue that there is simply no way to meet demand without compromise
on the use of some additives and methods.
We have two different opinions on what...
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