Organic? New York Times Article


Eden Farms

Having read the New York Times article on the lack of ‘organic’ in our organic food, I am very disturbed by the latest revelations. It seems that we cannot buy real food anymore. We can buy almost real food, but there is always something added or modified. I, like so many others, felt okay buying the overpriced organic options, after all, they had been certified and followed the rules of untarnished, un-poisioned (my own word) food right? Apparently not!

Eden Foods seems to be in the small minority of companies that actually care about providing truly organic products in non-toxic cans and packaging. I strongly suggest all those who can afford it, buy many shares in that company now!

But what of us Joe Shmo’s who just want to feed our children healthy food without going bankrupt? When big companies buy up smaller organic companies, the prices might can come down a little. Of course now I know why. And what about meat? I eat meat, but cannot afford the cost of organic meat too often…which can be a good thing as I’m forced to eat more veggies ๐Ÿ™‚ However, it makes finding restaurants that serve organic meats very hard to come by!

So, super-companies are reducing our ability to buy real organic food…they have the majority share of the food industry and are manipulating the way food is deemed to be considered organic. What can we do about this?

Many people are shouting out that we should skip the stores altogether and buy locally grown produce from our Farmer’s Markets. Others suggest being careful but not overly dramatic about the issue. I am sure that there are also many who have just thrown in the towel, as time and money are just too limited to cook from scratch everyday or buy the more expensive goods.

Personally, I’d like to focus more on asking why this is allowed in the first place. This has become public and a major paper has written about it. We all need to shout out and be heard…write to our member of congress, respond to the article, petition stores, boycott products.

How should we, as a nation of consumers, win back our rights to real food?

6 comments on “Organic? New York Times Article

  1. Great post! It is scary that we really don’t know what is in our food. Even organic companies that are “certified” and claim to only have good stuff can be lying! It is definitely up to the public and the consumer to take a stand. I want my kids to live long healthy lives and honestly, the US has no clue what all these GMO’s will do to our kids later on in life! I don’t want my child to be a guinea pig! I really wish that life was a little more simple at times. With the advancement of pretty much everything around us, certain things have been taken for granted. The fact that obesity is almost more common than healthy people in certain areas, is in direct correlation to junk food costing less, and being readily available more than veggies.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, Brittney. We need to take a step back and re-learn from countries we often ignore in the culinary sense despite their much healthier way of eating.

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