In December of 2000 the USDA armed with The Organic Food Production Act took over the organic food labels for products sold as “organic” in the United States. The term organic became the property of the USDA. It cannot be used on any packaging unless they certify it. Essentially this means that the USDA controls what is ingredients are allowed and disallowed in the production of organic foods through the National Organic Program, a division of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Agency.
In turn products that meet the qualifications are able to carry the label “organic”.
What are Organic Food Labels
The statement on the NOP website says their mission is:
Ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the U.S. and throughout the world.
And they somewhat accomplish that through standard practices guidelines that organic growers must follow to be able to label and sell products as “organic”.
Sounds all well and good huh?
The government owns organic certification and they’re gonna make sure it’s good for you. hmmm integrity … scary
What’s even more scary?
What’s even more scary is who controls the organic farms that produce the food you trust that carries organic food labels.
Who Produces The Organic Food You Trust
Be sure you read this section carefully. Including the quote towards the end.
The government controls organics and guess who shows up for the party. This ain’t your Gramma’s garden, Big-Ag.
Turns out that over the last decade some very familiar names have moved into the organic produce industry. Familiar names like Pepsi, Coke, Kellogs, General Mills, Heinz, M&M Mars, Con Agra, and many many more.
Recently a friend of mine sent me this graphic from Michigan State University.Organic Processing Industry Structure
It provides a very interesting look at the state of the business. Add to that this quote from the USDA Blog:
In specific cases, the NOSB also votes to allow non-organic versions of a substance if it isn’t available in organic form on a scale large enough to support organic agriculture.
Big Ag owns it. The USDA controls it. It’s good for you. They say so – Any questions?
Is Food Labeled As Organic Really Any Better For You?
To be fair I have to say probably yes. Because, it’s more likely to contain higher levels of nutrients than it’s conventionally raised counterpart. There are mandated practices of crop rotation and the use of organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers naturally provide more for the plant to use than standard 10-10-10 chemical fertilizers commonly used in agriculture today.
With that being said the fact is that if it’s not in the soil it can’t be in the plant.
Food raised on previously depleted soils isn’t going to have the amount of nutrients available unless steps are taken to replace the necessary minerals.
What”s The Bottom Line?
Grow your own if possible. This site is dedicated to a methodology that eliminates most of these organic food labels issues by growing your own food in your own home.
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