The politics surrounding the organic label have become so troubling that I go out of my way to avoid organic food, which sometimes proves a challenge.
‘Well, if they’d rather buy cheap crap from Walmart than healthy organic food,’ he said, leaning over and glaring furiously, ‘that’s their problem.’ I was somewhat taken aback by the vehemence, and I struggled to come up with an adequate response. Somehow the conversation had gone from zero to extremely tense in about three seconds, […]
Stacy Mitchell at Grist recently described the ultimate ‘Trojan carrot,’ discussing WalMart’s plans to move into organic packaged foods since it’s done so well with organic produce. She looked at the issue in the context of WalMart’s attempt to dominate a growing percentage of the food supply, pointing to the fact that the company’s share […]
Much debate over the value of the organic label has erupted this year, a heartening response to the rise of industrial organic. I’m glad to see consumers starting to question this as well as other labels; especially given that the organic label is one of the few food assurance labels subject to rigorous third party […]
Buyers of organic produce actively seek it out because they believe it will be more environmentally sound, sustainable, and nutritious[1. In some cases; some studies indicate that organic production methods can result in higher nutrition value, while others do not.]. Some may also be operating under the impression that labourers on organic farms receive fair […]
One consequence of the rise in interest in food politics in recent years has been an explosion in organic food. It’s increasingly easy to find organic produce at the supermarket, along with organic options on the shelves, from flour to milk. The ready accessibility of organic products has even spread to large corporations like Wal*Mart, […]