The Fruits of Civilization (83) Organic Farming

Organic Farming

In a sad twist of fate, the type of agriculture that our great-grandparents practiced is more expensive today than chemical-intensive agriculture. ~ Wenonah Hauter

The term organic is a political label attached to foods produced in a manner consistent with government guidelines. Owing to the onerous paperwork requirements, these guidelines were designed to exclude small farmers, and give large concerns an advantage in sourcing products anywhere in the world where they are the cheapest to produce. Most of the organic brands on supermarket shelves are ultimately from a small group of conventional food processors.

The parent companies of organic brands rarely use their name in advertising their organic subsidiary. As expert marketers, the giant food corporations understand that organic customers do not trust them; and for good cause. ~ Wenonah Hauter

In the US, the government is a patsy for the large food corporations who successfully lobbied to mock the meaning of the term organic.

In a back-room deal, the Organic Trade Association lobbied Congress to legalize the adulteration of organic food with basically any toxic additive a manufacturer may want to use, including substances that do not need to appear on ingredient panels. ~ American organic food producer Eden Foods

The US government has approved antibiotics, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers for organic food production. Artificial additives are allowed in organic foods. In short, products labeled as organic are not necessarily produced under natural conditions: that is, free of the artifices of chemists.

Despite flaws, an ordained organic has been important in providing customers with a labeled alternative to foods produced using unregulated levels of pesticides and other utterly perilous practices.