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Old 12-18-2010, 02:24 AM   #1
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“(OrganicJar) When is organic not organic? When the U.S. Government gets involved and allows crony capitalists to control and ruin everything that’s good and pure is the answer.

What’s the matter with these people? Are they insane? There is a huge uproar about the term organic, as in organic food. Lots of major ‘food’ corporations want to cash in and have been cashing in. They want to be labeled organic. Rather than become organic though, they push for organic to be defined away. They push for non-organic to be labeled organic. They push for synthetics to be labeled organic…Look, if you want to become organic, then become organic. Organic is purely organic. There is no 99% organic that is 100% organic. If they want to sell stuff that isn’t completely organic, then label it as partially organic. Label the ingredients that aren’t organic as what they are: synthetic. If the complete product is 99% organic, then say so. If the 1% that is non-organic is pure poison, then ban it. If it’s questionable, then ban it. If it has been shown to be highly likely harmless, then it will be up to those who dissent to publicize their dissenting opinions, which should not be censored under any circumstances…Right now, food that is only 95% organic is labeled organic. That’s evil. That’s lying. That’s making it impossible for consumers to choose purely organic foods without having to do huge independent research.”

My thoughts exactly only…. this article was written in 2009 and now our “organic” label has been further corrupted to exclude salt and water that could include pollutants I’m trying to avoid,

http://www.extension.org/article/18349

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"All agricultural ingredients in “organic” food must be organic and comprise at least 95% of all ingredients by weight, minus added water and salt.”
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:25 AM   #2
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Is the Opposition to USDA's New Organic Food Standards on the Wrong Track? | Paul Cienfuegos
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“I think it's important for all of us who care about our society and the planet to be as effective as we possibly can, so let's take a look at how the campaign is shaping up.

First, what is the institution we are being asked to target?
It's the USDA, of course. In all of the articles I have surveyed, they are the big nasty. Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Pure Food Campaign, puts it like this: "Time and time again, U.S government officials have ignored citizens' concerns and interests. ... Unless the USDA and politicians feel the heat, they seem hell-bent on destroying the alternative food system which we have so laboriously built up over the last 30 years." Ben Lilliston, author of the article on this subject in a recent Arcata Coop newsletter, stated, "The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the USDA have been staunch defenders of genetically engineered foods and high-chemical input agriculture." I could list many other examples. The clear message is: The Government is the enemy. There's only one problem with this analysis: It's wrong.

We need to dig deeper and ask ourselves: Why would the USDA even contemplate including toxic food-growing and production practices under the label of organic? And why would the USDA and FDA staunchly defend farming practices that destroy soil fertility? Are there actually private citizens out there lobbying independently for an unsafe food supply? Of course not, the public is solidly opposed! Then why is our government ignoring the almost unanimous rallying cry in support of safer food? Perhaps there are other more powerful players which have a greater influence over these government agencies. You bet there are! They are giant food growing and processing corporations, as well as giant agricultural chemical corporations, with names like Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Dole, Monsanto, Merck, Upjohn, Rhone Poulenc (French), Novartis (Swiss, formed from the merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz), Glaxo-Wellcome (UK, formed from the merger of Glaxo and Burroughs-Wellcome), ICI (UK), Hoechst (German), and many others.”
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