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Friday, June 25, 2010

Organics in the news again

I know I have blogged about the word organic before and how, in the US, it is becoming a less than trustworthy label. For me, I have stuck to buying foods that have been labeled organic, produced, manufactured, by companies that have been organic, for years. With all the changes in the regulations of the word it seems like every company now has an "organic" line. Am I supposed to believe that they have changed their purchasing, growing, manufacturing policies overnight....I don't think so.

Anyway here is just more proof that the word "organic" is meaning less and less every day. I am not going to post the whole article, in hopes you will visit the original source to read. I do not want to steal the authors thunder in any way. So visit the site and read the complete text and listen to the audio available.

"...The organic label is meant to signify that a food is relatively environmentally friendly: Organic producers are forbidden from using many synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. When that organic food comes from China, that label may not mean much.
"When I see organic food from China, I question," environmental journalist Michael Pollan told PRI's The World, "how organic is it?" Organics are a $26 billion industry in the United States, and an increasing amount of that is coming from China. Pollan points out, "organic is a very big global business now. People don’t realize it.
"In 2006 alone, China added a staggering 12 percent to the world’s organically farmed land," Global Post reports. With the market growing that quickly, regulations are lax at best. A Chinese grocery chain owner who spoke with Global Post estimated that "maybe 30 percent of farms that put the organic label on their food produce the real thing."..."

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Stumbled upon your blog, love to find other Mother Earth News loving unschoolers! Great link to the organic article, can't wait to read it!