Sunday, July 8, 2012

from organic to BIG ORGANIC


a very good article in the NYTimes about how BIG FOOD coopted organic. what transpires from the piece, written by stephanie strom, is the corporative process of coopting. democracy is fair game for all.

u$e it! 

bottom line: organic is BIG ORGANIC. shhh, you shouldn't believe it
The industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. Or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called Big Organic.
how do BIG corporations do it?  own the power = own she show

BIG's coopting is not a sudden taking over (i.e., a revolution). instead, it reigns over a period of confusion. then, BIG takes the appearance of demand-for. in other words, BIG provides "a way out," a "much needed solution."
Over the last decade, since federal organic standards have come to the fore, giant agri-food corporations like these and others — Coca-Cola, Cargill, ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and M&M Mars among them — have gobbled up most of the nation’s organic food industry. Pure, locally produced ingredients from small family farms? Not so much anymore.  
democracy is a tool. 
politics is a function of access: getting-at and what-you-want. 
power is an incremental proce$$ of ownership.
BIG FOOD has also assumed a powerful role in setting the standards for organic foods. Major corporations have come to dominate the board that sets these standards. As corporate membership on the board has increased, so, too, has the number of nonorganic materials approved for organic foods on what is called the National List. At first, the list was largely made up of things like baking soda, which is nonorganic but essential to making things like organic bread. Today, more than 250 nonorganic substances are on the list, up from 77 in 2002.
power consists in testing )(flexible)( ethical limits.  
The board has 15 members, and a two-thirds majority is required to add a substance to the list. More and more, votes on adding substances break down along corporate-independent lines, with one swing vote. Six board members, for instance, voted in favor of adding ammonium nonanoate, a herbicide, to the accepted organic list in December. Those votes came from General Mills, Campbell’s Soup, Organic Valley, Whole Foods Market and Earthbound Farms, which had two votes at the time.

it's all in the label, or better, a label is not a label

now that ORGANIC rules, what can we do as consumers?

1- be informed. suspect the label (all).
2- when it comes to food, follow the freshness of farm.
3- keep it tough. stop playing the victim. things will get worse.
4- adopt the minimalist credo: less is more.

are the waning of organic & democracy related? 


Anonymous said...

Holly moly organic guacamole!!!!: “cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy” Yeaph, it is pure perverse fantasy, pure brainwash, pure grown orgasmic transnational business … Jijijij, Wholefood corporation is exporting orga orgas cosmic products from China. Si,si, si ! This products exported from China, a communist country with very weak healthy standards. “BIG FOOD has also assumed a powerful role in setting the standards for organic foods. Major corporations have come to dominate the board that sets these standards”, In the gluten free industry the Big business guys now are playing the same strategies: populated the boards in orden to decided federal standards… by the way, gluten free is what I must eat….jijijijijij I eat pure democracy. Si, si, si I eat pure virginal democracy, I eat gluten and fat free democracy without condom !!!! Yeaph, exactly the way how it works with pharmacy corporations. Yeaph! We live and eat a pure, unpolluted democracy… Saludith from Judith G.

atRifF said...

judith g.: i like " i eat pure democracy." tx,

Rosten Sweeting said...

It is clear that our parent’s idea of organic has changed drastically. The idea that cows grazing on a family owned farm is pure fantasy as big corporations have taken over the organic market. The purpose of the organic market was to give consumers a choice between the over processed and highly saturated foods and foods that were grown and handled in its purest form without the need of chemicals. However with the addition of the “big” companies it appears that the truly organic ideal has changed. These companies use items in the production processes and stamp a label containing various ingredients that they feel a consumer that wants an organic experience would prefer. As explained in the article above, nonorganic materials are used to make organic items that big companies produce, but doesn’t this go against the idea of what organic foods are? The combination of these big companies by increasing board members has led to a large introduction of nonorganic materials that were once thought to be off-limits. These materials are voted on by board members under a democratic process, but to suggest that this process is truly democratic goes against the idea of democracy. In essence these board members make the deciding vote on the materials used without informing the public. This powerful process takes away the once democratic process that began with the organic movement; to be able to make the decision with what we as consumers decide to eat.

Leonardo Madrigal PHI2010 MTF 10:25 said...

The right to make your choice ahh? What if all the choices we have access to are controlled, like a monopoly? You can buy this, or that, or this one, but at the end it's the same thing with different color,or perhaps the same placebo with a different description.. Choose between this broccoli or that one, here you have a list of ideas, pick one! Believe on this...,or this, but not that...At the end, your choices are given. Buying "this", or "that", you are buying what the controllers want you to buy. "Organic" "Democracy" Are they related? Probably, but, they are definitely declining, like BIG Values evaporating in big moneymakers hands. Sad! Monsanto, who is basically the owner of the altered soy bean, and corn in the United States, is greatly responsible for this decline. Since the first Bush administration Monsanto has infiltrated various governmental agencies. For example,Margaret Miller, appointed Deputy Director of FDA in 1991, was a top Monsanto scientist.Anne Veneman, appointed Head of the USDA, served in the Board of Directors for Monsanto. The list goes on, from the Supreme Court judges to the board of the USDA, FDA and EPA. What is wrong with this picture? The people that should be regulating the BIG companies are working in those BIG companies. They're regulating themselves. And what is the best way to brainwash us? Through the use of the media. The false images of the happy cows, farmers mowing their lawns, red barns and happy animals is far from reality. Chickens injected with hormones and shut from sunlight so they're constantly eating and grown in half the time it takes to grow a chicken... Cows with no space to walk anywhere but towards the slaughterhouse, pigs being bred inside slaughterhouses is closer to the truth. Best way to fight all this? Avoid consuming BIG brands, shop at the local farmers market and speak up. GO FRESH. GO LOCAL!

Julia S. said...

As sad as it is I think it’s close to impossible to get and keep big business and big government out of our organic food. In two words, money, and greed. Americans are bought and sold and plied with money like its no ones business and it’s very, very sad to see good hardworking family run organic companies be bought out by big business. Sure it’s part of it is the american dream, work hard, build something, enjoy the spoils, but surely not at the expense of “selling out” and undermining what you actually worked for all those years. Some people just cant resist when a check is waved in front of them.
Same thing with the power that companies like Monsanto wield. They had chairpeople, presidents, and corporate forces from within their company push their way into legitimate politics, only to operate with a ulterior motive. When your government is not there to protect the people and has been truly corrupted, you know your in trouble. That is why I opened with “I think it’s close to impossible” to change the underhanded, less than transparent, (because we can all see what happening) tactics at hand. No matter how much protesting in any form consumers do, the only protest that would speak volumes it to boycott completely.
Now when it comes to the things that we eat that are completely within our control, yes farmers markets, and local sustainable farming and fishing should be taken full advantage of. While I am weary of processed food at whole foods because they do carry non-organic containing processed foods, selecting only fruits, veggies, meats, fish and dairy/eggs is somewhat easier because it is clearly advertised that it is local, and independent research can be done on the part of the consumer. Being in a place like Florida, one can even visit the farm themselves. We are lucky in that regard. But what about the millions of people in the US who live in far too metropolitan an area for a farm to be within 250 miles? What about the people who live thousands of miles from the coast? Or who live in the harsh southwestern desert where there is no water and nothing grows? They are truly the people who rely on the honesty of not only the organic industry but the food industry in general. Before I wrote this article I had no choice but to take an inventory of all of the organic foods in my house, as I am adamant about eating everything I can organic. I was happy to learn about the integrity of some companies and products and sad to learn the truth about others. But it took this much to even conduct my own investigation. I suggest no one else waits.

Alfredo Triff said...

Good points, Rosten, Leonardo and Julia. Go on,

Charles Elvira said...

Organic is a concept that used to be essentially true before it entered in the economy. Every company wants to maximize their profits, so they will, at some point, seek for lessen the production cost to produce goods. As the result, they will increase their benefits. The question is can we develop a society system perfect which would have healthy food or which won’t have economic crashes? Nobody will ever be happy whatever happens. We are billions of people on earth, and we don’t have the same expectation. Some people really care about organic food to help them in daily life beside their higher price, but people in some specific groups don’t really pay attention of what they are eating. Because food is food whatever it comes from, it would be better at lower price. That’s why lot of people love junk: lots of food for a little price, what else? I think one of the biggest reason of seeking optimize the profit is the license for agriculture. In some country, it’s legal to grow animal to kill them and eat it. Usually, the prices are much cheaper than everything on the market, and it’s a way to eat more healthily. However, I noticed people are scared of disease in the US, so they don’t even trust what come from a good environment. How many people don’t eat raw meat? How many people don’t eat raw fish? People think that people who have these practices are insane. I heard so many times: “I’m sure you’re immunized.” Every time I hear that it makes me laugh. Meat doesn’t have bad and dangerous bacteria if it’s developed and properly kept in a sane environment. Sadly Organic food became a high stakes because it can very profitable. We can just blame ourselves and our lifestyle.

Charles Elvira. Phi2010

Etna Etienne said...

The definition of ORGANIC is that “crops must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications, and must remain separate from conventional products. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers, Organic livestock must have access to the outdoors and be given organic feed. They may not be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal-by-products.” As it is the requirements for a food to be labeled organic is quite lenient since not 100% of the ingredients used have to be organic. These big companies who label there products “ORGANIC” when only certain mandated ingredients are truly organic is quite misleading to individuals who are unaware of the tactics used to get them to purchase those products. For example most sugary and artificially flavored cereals are labeled “ORGANIC” by the manufacturers leading ignorant parents to feed their children a load of sugar thinking that they are healthy and organic. Not only are they labeling their products falsely but the false imagery that they create by portraying freshly and organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, and animals that were allowed to grow without the aid of any artificial growth hormones is ridiculous yet it continues to go on falsely advertising their products. The waning of organic and democracy are related because the same way we are purposefully and continually fed lies about the food that we eat, democracy can no longer be considered legit since all the shots are called by the board members and the public gets minimal to no say at all. It may seem like a hopeless situation that we cannot impact but the truth of the matter is that we can control what we buy and where we buy it from.

Afia Anjuman said...

The word, “Organic”, is a fake label for some food companies. They use that “healthy label” to earn more profit by misleading the general people of our society. How many people really justify what they are eating is healthy and organic? Some people truly don’t know what “organic” means. For example, we take orange and apple juices which are loaded with artificial sugar and color; but we think falsely that they are natural organic juices. We, consumers are actually guilty for this bad belief. We know that those companies are lying and we don’t justify our beliefs. As a responsible consumer, we should justify which food is really organic, and which include only the label. The waning of organic and democracy is also related. The board members are also misleading the people. We can’t trust on any of them. The situation of healthy environment is getting worse day by day.

Maria Smith said...

"How long do you put off thinking yourself worthy of the best things...what sort of teacher are you still waiting for, that you put off improving yourself until he comes? You are not a [child] anymore, but already...full grown. (1)
I must confess to having belived until now in the pure green cow and organic guacamole!!!! But let me let you in a a little secret: that is not fantasy. That is the definition of organic: now what we are offered as organic is the fantasy, and beliving BIG is democracy is not only a fantasy but a fallacy. Both ORGANIC and democracy just carry a label, but they have been degenarated to a pseudo specimen of their own, where we are the tools. So look not for (pseudo)organic, but for private gardening. Look not for democracy, but for individual responsibility. The cycle is always re-cycling.

Marie Mcnally said...

Can we even trust USDA Symbol of “Organic” on packages/foods? Is there a way to verify whether a product is organic or not?
The food industry is one of the largest and more stable industries in the world. We need to remember that more profit is the motive behind all of these companies.
“Organic” is the label that attract millions of customers and maximize the profit. There is no doubt that organic are more expensive. With the USDA stamp on products that have a high percentage of organic ingredients, it is tacitly like promoting the product. There are politics behind it of course, the companies pays a lot of money to the government to satisfy their sales.

Fabiola Gonzalez said...

Organic? What does organic mean in this time? How can you tell what is organic anymore. The "big" companies may just stamp a label claiming that their food is organic to get more profit. And maybe, that food is the complete opposite of organic. If you really want "organic" food, visit the local farmers market. Even the USDA may not be trusted. Walk down a grocery store aisle and just see the price for organic food alone, it is ridiculous. You can make great organic meals in your home for much less. Never settle for higher price marked items period. Plus, it seems that there has been a revolution of organic foods, but people just forget to MAKE them "organic".

Victoria Albano said...

Today the word organic has changed its meaning in today's world. When you think of the word organic you would think of the food as fresh and healthy. But today huge companies have been taking over local farmers markets and have been changing this organic idea to people. These "big" companies can just stamp on the item that it is organic but the question is " is it really organic?". USDA is the symbol for "organic" food. But can we really trust that label today? Just reading about this article makes me realize how aware we should all be when just purchasing a single item at a grocery store. W should more often go to farmers markets to make our lives a healthier one.

atRifF said...

The cycle is always re-cycling.
Nice point, Maria.

We can just blame ourselves and our lifestyle.


Afia, then what to do?

Tommy Lerebours said...

This article demonstrated several hair-raising chills within the “Organic” business. Some facts and situation revealed by it, simply put, were contradictory. The vote for the carrageenan to pass for “Organic” while the company head plans to found a substitution for the product, plus the best one, Organic Valley voting for a substance which they refuse to use themselves... smell like snappers to me. “Organic” if you ask a classmate, neighbor, or probably the majority of the population what it means. The reply is along the lines of fresh-clean-farm-food free of chemicals, msg, and the jazz continues. Maybe I’m the only one but doesn’t it mean “derived of living” or something with the carbon chemical imbedded in it. This article is indeed information of corruption, has for the realization that “organic” is not what you thought it was… we are not that gullible, right? After the all Diet coke and Coke zero has zero calories, truly that is the truth.
We can try to blame the big corporation for buying out the small farmer. Wait a minute, doesn’t the blame fall equally on the farmer whom accepted the deal. Or are they not accountable since they most likely took the deal to better themselves and family… right? If so would that not apply to the owners and workers of the big corporation? If not, does establish a marker for the amount of revenue an individual can generated before vending for the wellbeing of their kin is irrelevant?

Ibnorassan Kangah said...

First of all, I would like to point out how are the organic products monitored. The National Organic Program regulates all organic crops, livestock, and agricultural products certified to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards. Organic certification agencies inspect and verify that organic farmers, ranchers, distributors, processors, and traders are complying with the USDA organic regulations. USDA conducts audits and ensures that the more than 90 organic certification agencies operating around the world are properly certifying organic products. In addition, USDA conducts investigations and conducts enforcement activities to ensure all products labeled as organic meet the USDA organic regulations. In order to sell, label, or represent their products as organic, operations must follow all of the specifications set out by the USDA organic regulations. In connection with this USDA organic regulations,30,000 on-site inspections per year by certfying agents to monitor compliance with USDA organic standards. Certfying agent audits to ensure appropriate monitoring residue testing program to verify that prohibited pesticides are not being applied to organic crops ( 7/14/2012). Having all that said, we should take responsibility individually and collectively. The giant food companies have all the resources at hand to alter whatever organic standards regulations USDA have. In a situation like this, a unified front is needed to give focus on the issues intellectually, politically, socially, and economically. There can be no victim if no one would allow to be a victim. It calls for a responsible leadership who can withstand the heat and pressure coming from these giant food companies. I believe in the power of the people to challenge these major corporations. After all, they thrive because we make them so. It's time to get involve and have our voice heard as ONE. Long live the Organic Army!

Yenifer Parada said...

Blog spot Miami Bourbaki does a superficial and somewhat light job of properly covering and explaining the recent trend concerning the organic food industry. With modern cultures becoming more aware of the importance of balancing the mind and body, eating healthy has become a priority for the newer American generations. Food markets, such as Fresh Farmer’s Market and Whole Foods, are gaining popularity among adolescents and young adults who are empowering themselves with the knowledge of the dangers of excessively processed foods and the ever loved “junk” food, especially fast food. By replacing traditional fatty diets, younger generations are hoping to eliminate their propensity to contract deadly diseases and illnesses; namely, cancer, which has been closely linked to excessive amounts of ingested carcinogens that are consumed on a daily basis by many family households.
Despite all this relevant and pertinent background information, the author of “From Organic to Big Organic,” poses the main issue to be a corporate one, more than a health concern. The author claims that many of the fresh food markets that advertise healthy, homemade, hormone-free, products are not as “organic” as they claim to be and are in fact growing in popularity over family markets. Instead, new markets are owned by major companies, such as Coca-Cola, M&M Mars, and General Mills, who cover their main products with the veil of being “organic” when in reality they barely meet the FDA requirements to be considered organic. The author makes the corporation take-over seem like the biggest issue to resolve because it threatens family owned fresh markets, but I believe the larger issue here is the fact that Americans are purchasing food under different pretenses and ingesting unhealthy food.

Brittany said...

Food is a very essential part of the human life. But greed has taking the front seat to that. You'd think humans would have some type of care for other humans, but that isn't the case. It is very understandable that not having to raise a farm, is an easier and faster and inexpensive way to feed and make money. This didn't happen over night. People became hungry for knowledge and looking for new ways to do things and we've landed here. With few farms and fewer green grasses.
The word organic has become so popular to people who want to eat healthy, but it looks as if organic has become "demonized" by the big companies.
Now the part about our many diseases and pestisides come in. Cancer is such a fast growing sickness, and every time we find the "solution" to where cancer came from, a new form of it is grown. When can we turn to the foods that we consume to blame that for cancer?

Brittany said...

Food is a very essential part of the human life. But greed has taking the front seat to that. You'd think humans would have some type of care for other humans, but that isn't the case. It is very understandable that not having to raise a farm, is an easier and faster and inexpensive way to feed and make money. This didn't happen over night. People became hungry for knowledge and looking for new ways to do things and we've landed here. With few farms and fewer green grasses.
The word organic has become so popular to people who want to eat healthy, but it looks as if organic has become "demonized" by the big companies.
Now the part about our many diseases

Anonymous said...

Hey whoever said knowledge is power hit the nail with his/her hammer with this one. According to chemistry, "organic" means carbon containing. according to chemistry's definition, these huge companies can justify their "organic" claim adding almost anything because over 90% of substanes contain carbon. In our country, everything is political, so why wouldn't we expect our food to be also. Greed incorporates everything, it does not discriminate. If consumser fail to read the labels, they will fall for these "big organic" claims. I agree "less is more," the less you have to read on these labels, the more better. If the label reads "farm" but the brand is not, then its definitely not organic or the real thing. ______Gina Saintvil

MLandaeta24 said...

The misconception of “organic” has definitely transformed the production and consumption of food across the country. Some blame the system of food operating companies, some others blame health literacy of consumers; the point is that one result is affecting us all. While food companies are trying to find their ways to produce more spending less; people tend to consume more thinking they spend less.

We can’t blame a system trying to feed millions of people in what they believe is the most effective way. Just because we believe they are taking advantage of the power they hold and consequently affecting our lifestyles, it doesn’t make them guilty. Because if we do so, if we blame them, then we should also have to blame every single company that makes money through our consumption; and sadly this is the way this country works. Therefore, what we all have to do is keep consuming but wisely, and keep eating but healthy.

Doing simple things can make a big change in the consumption of the food we buy. Looking at the size, the colors, and quantity may be clever at the moment of buying food. Sometimes huge chickens and bright-colored vegetables are not as healthy as beautiful. Go for real-sized chicken, real-colored vegetables and fruits from actual farms. The money spent today in real organic food, and longer driving distances to get fresh food will be worthy in the future in the form of less chances of getting chronic diseases produced by bad eating habits.

Remember: Less is more ☺

rose said...

From my opinion,we,the people,had let this happen.At first our government had played their games to change our lifestyle so drastically to the point we raised our hands to surrender because it was just too much to handle.
Now that WE obviously have the technology to inform ourselves of what our government is not telling us... we still act ignorant and accept this lie about the food that feed us through our lives!
We let the government handle all of our promblems,but it has led to a dangerous point where our food is poisoned.
In this generation many of us are becoming aware of the climate change impulses and our non-organic food problems.But is still not enough.Organic BIG GUYS had tried to take over now and play the game to keep us ignorant to a point we have to surrender..again.
At first,I thought consuming wisely may change the way big supermarkets sell things for instance, " higher demands for organic FOOD brings the messsage to companies that we DEMAND ORGANIC FOODS and don't want the poision they had fed us."
Organic valley used to make me happy because finally i can buy ORGANIC CHEESE,now that i was informed that they voted for un-natural chemicals to be part of the organic markets,THEY ARE THE SAME PHONIES AS THE OTHER BIG GUYS THAT ARE TRYING TO GET MOST MONEY IN OUR INNOCENT EYES.
I may be dramatic when i say this but it is the truth.We can't trust any kinds of big guys (even the organic unless we get to know them) because they had the mentallity to see us as products just like CAFO cows or chickens.
The definition of organic is growing the food to the purest.The soil has to be treated well (all the nutrients are not messed around by creations humans made but composts),it is grown slowly but strong with pure vitamins and nutrients it provides us.
The only people who would care for such things are those who care about living the life to the fullest and richest.
Get to know your farmers.MIAMI HAS LOCAL FARMERS WHO TRAVELD along florida or join a club where they deliver seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Don't be afraid,it is not expensive.As minorities we tend to think of such things very expensive and tend to ignore the fact that the cheap foods we eat will kill us afterwards.
Question everything,especially food and the BIG GUYS (companies).
Democracy is beautiful.But we made it what it is today.The only way to keep the "waxing" of organic is to actually change the way everything we have in run by the big guys.Take part of movement or teach people what they don't know the game they are playing.
Help Florida's economy and support local farmers.
---“cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms-is purely fantasy"--- IS NOT TRUE,we just never went to the right place and got our grass fed beef,BUT to publix instead.
Have hope,and teach the young ones the right way to eat because they are the ones we rely for our future.When you do this you will gain another meaning for taste and flavor in your lives. AIM TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

Kenzo Ramos said...

Organic consumers are not going to go back to conventional food. Those who have made the commitment for their families, especially children, are going to continue to seek out the safest and most nutritional food in the marketplace. They need to depend on the integrity of the organic label.
But all participants in the industry need to realize that when the working definition of organics is watered down, when the spirit or the letter of the law is violated, it degrades the value of the organic label. And who owns the organic label? We all do. Farmers, processors, retailers and consumers. If the integrity of the labels undermine everyone loses, big and small.Because organic is sysem-based, you can't cut corners and expect everything to bypass expections.Although we should all transition into an organic lifestyle, make sure to buy locally and always read the labels.

Dan Li said...

Don’t be fooled by the labels and brands. “100% Nature” or “100% organic” is who the labels looks like. It’s just a design. The definition is given by people. If I sell a kind of cookies named “Delicious”, it is just a name, and has nothing to do with its taste. Same for the labels don’t understand it with its “word meaning”. Usually the definitions or standards of these labels are given by the board created by the big companies. Government believe they are experts or be canvassed. However, the results from these big companies are always against the customers. They like to label everything with “Good Quality”, “All Nature” or “organic”. Then they have the reason to raise the price. Companies are only making money. If they do charity, they will lose and be merged by other companies. Before that, the CEO will lose his job. Food safety is big problem for everyone. It’s not impossible to control and change this situation. We still have the tool of law. Big companies can do that because of the lack of U.S. law. Government should set laws to organize the food market and protect consumers.
Dan Li

Ivan Tellado said...

Just like the "Fat Free" craze of the 1980's and the "Low Carb" craze started by Dr.Atkins, Big Food is now hopping on the organic train and will exploit and twist it to their benefit and profit. The lobbyists will continue to line the pockets of the USDA and Congress to keep deceiving us about what's being put in our food and lie about how it can harm us. The only option seems to be to grow your own food and have your own farm, which is easier said than done.

Alfredo Triff said...

tx for the comments, landaeta, kenzo, ivan, ibnorassan, etc.

Dahra said...

The meaning of organic has drastically change, now we do not know if something is truly organic unless we grow it ourselves. Corporations have just been labeling inorganic as organic to spike their profit. Most things we find in our fridge and cabinets have the word "artificial" or other words we do not understand under ingredients. Companies like Monsanto have added pesticides and hormones to fruits, veggies, and meats.

galisskat said...

Organic food has lost credibility from the moment that it became trendy and fashionable to marketting, it necessarily became a consumer machine where to higher production, higher gains... the profits from it and the need to sell their products has ended up in converting the so called organic food in totally inorganic.
I believe in eating healthy, i believe in eating chicken that has not grown with chemicals products that make them be fat and big in a week, but is it true what we find written on the labels of these chickens? Obviously they look a lot smaller than those on the non-organic part of the supermarket's freezers, but it is nowadays uncertain what they have been fed, and if it is truly organic.
If I were to really concentrate on eating pure organic produce and meats, I would need to do my own planting and harvesting of vegetables, raise my own chicken, and have my own little farm, to be certain of consuming healthy food without the labels of a big company and the high prices.
People who usually buy Organic food tend to be at least a little educated regarding healthy eating habits, therefore they look for elements and nutrients that regular inorganic food do not have. The problem lies on the pricing of these products, an inorganic product can lack a couple of nutrients only to be as similar or healthier than the organic product, and be a few dollars cheaper. The interesting and necessary alternative for someone still willing to take the healthy route would be to look for a way to continue eating products that provide the same amount of nutrients at affordable prices, without having to face the fact of buying products that are over-priced by big companies that care more about their image and profit than any other thing.

Daniel Jorge-Ventura said...
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Daniel Jorge-Ventura said...

As consumers we should make educated choices when buying our food, the essential fuel to life. It's obvious the system is controlled by those few companies calling all the shots and manipulating government agencies. With that said we should buy from our local farmers market even if we have to pay that premium for un-supersize, chemical free food. Just like food, democracy is being manipulated and the shots are being called by few people who's last thoughts are the PEOPLE.