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Old 07-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned

This is a must read, Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned, washingtonpost.com. They've self servingly created new criteria for organic so more could jump on the organic wave. We need to do something about since we can't even trust the certified organic label any more. No matter how hard we try, few of us will be able to grow all our own food.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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The government's turnaround, from prohibition to permission, came after a USDA program manager was lobbied by the formula makers and overruled her staff. That decision and others by a handful of USDA employees, along with an advisory board's approval of a growing list of non-organic ingredients, have helped numerous companies win a coveted green-and-white "USDA Organic" seal on an array of products.
I find this most distressing.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:07 AM   #3
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This is why I don't pay premiums for organics. We grow our own when possible, eat apples from our own untreated tree or scrub store-bought ones well when we run out, and save our money to buy land instead. I think preserving what land we can may well be a better long-term investment in the environment.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:07 PM   #4
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I think the deterioration of the organic label to meaninglessness is something we all should be screaming about - screaming at the top of our lungs.

Recently we have a new Walmart in our area. They claimed their supermarket department would feature 'Organic' food. The say their food is organic but it doesn't really look fit to eat. Its almost ready to toss. Looks dried out, etc.
In the mean time the wonderful Food World supermarket down the road has closed. They can't compete with Walmart's "idea" that its food is cheaper and better - even though it clearly isn't. The manager at Food World was on his toes to see that everything in his department was super fresh.

So .... we are spending our money on empty meaningless concepts like phoney "organic" food, instead of supporting local farmers who should be making their living by bringing us fresh food. Instead we have local farmers who can hardly make a living. We have Walmart getting richer and richer. And no one knows what "organic" used to mean back in the day.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:29 PM   #5
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We are spending our money on empty meaningless concepts. That was exactly what I found so distressing particularly since our government allowed this to happen. This was allowed so more companies could market their products as organic. What an unfair advantage.
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Our government is us, the consumer... we let it happen...

It takes active concerned citizens to steer the government.... we cannot disconnect ourselves from our government.
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:26 PM   #7
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Deciphering the 'Organic' Label
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What 'Organic' Really Means Under the Law - washingtonpost.com
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What "organic" really means under federal law:

"100 Percent Organic" products must show an ingredient list, the name and address of the handler (bottler, distributor, importer, manufacturer, packer, processor) of the finished product, and the name and seal of the organic certifier. These products should contain no chemicals, additives, synthetics, pesticides or genetically engineered substances.

"USDA Organic" products must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. The five percent non-organic ingredients could include additives or synthetics if they are on an approved list. The label must contain a list that identifies the organic, as well as the non-organic, ingredients in the product, and the name of the organic certifier.

"Made With Organic" products must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The label must contain a list that identifies the organic, as well as the non-organic, ingredients in the product, along with the name of the organic certifier.

If a product contains less than 70 percent organic ingredients, it cannot use the word "organic" on the packaging or display panel, and the only place an organic claim can be made is on the ingredient label.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:57 PM   #8
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IMHO Vilsak = weasel

Federal ‘organic’ label’s integrity under fire
"Expanding market
But the USDA program's shortcomings mean that consumers, who at times must pay twice as much for organic products, are not always getting what they expect: foods without pesticides and other chemicals, produced in a way that is gentle to the environment.
The market's expansion is fueling tension over whether the federal program should be governed by a strict interpretation of "organic" or broadened to include more products by allowing trace elements of non-organic substances. The argument is not over whether the non-organics pose a health threat, but whether they weaken the integrity of the federal organic label.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has pledged to protect the label, even as he acknowledged the pressure to lower standards to let more products in.
In response to complaints, the USDA inspector general's office has widened an investigation of whether products carrying the label meet national standards. The probe is also looking into the department's oversight of private certifiers who are hired by farmers and food producers and inspect products to determine whether they can use the label.
Some consumer groups and members of Congress say they worry that the program's lax standards are undermining the federal program and the law itself. "

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18454.cfm

Lack of reliable information is beginning to get me down. I can't distinguish between the junk we've been sold all along and the junk now being sold when companies like Kelloggs buy companies like Kashi and the corn syrups start appearing on the label. Seems at times as if the FDA only protects the financial interests of trans national corporations.Washington doesn't have our health and well being in mind, that's rather obvious. Local farmers aren't always the answer. Many of them aren't organic farmers. I guess we're on our own. This newest labeling controversy is totally depressing. Does anyone know anything about this site, Cornucopia Institute
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:40 PM   #9
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Kashi isn't Kashi any longer?
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Nope. Kashi isn't Kashi any more.
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