Keep Organic Organic

April 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm 1 comment

I was just doing some research on USDA organic standards and came across the Organic Consumers Association website. There’s some really interesting stuff here. Their Safeguard Organic Standards campaign sums up a lot:

“After 35 years of hard work, the US organic community has built a multi-billion dollar alternative to industrial agriculture. Now large corporations, aided and abetted by the USDA and members of Congress, are moving to lower organic standards and seize control. For the sake of the earth and our health we must stop them.”

This is always a difficult issue for me to explain to people. Why is one organic thing better than another? My views on organics are deeply tied to my views on eating locally. If something is USDA organic, but comes from California, I’m less interested. But perhaps the biggest factor in which organics I choose is my deep loathing of Agribusiness. I would rather eat conventionally grown food from Connecticut (which there is plenty to survive on) than give these monster food corps any of my money. I prefer to support my local hard-working farmers who supply us with fresher and healthier products. The following charts comparing the Organic Industry Structure between 2002 and 2009 from the OCA illustrate my point exactly:  

It’s now become so difficult to know where our food (even organic) is coming from these days that we must refer to charts. Anyway, my point is that these companies will always find a way to profit from wherever the direction of our food culture shifts to next. To them it’s just another avenue in which they can monopolize the market. I’m glad there are people like those affiliated with the OCA who are trying to make a difference in organic policy. Check out their site as it has a wealth of useful links, ways to take action, and eye-opening articles.

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  • 1. runka  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:59 am

    This should not be happened its better to go for organic food only if it is grown in traditional manner.Only genuine practices can help people all around ,not the ill practices.If we are spending our money we should also get its benefits too.

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