Other ingredients include:
Now, to be sure, many of these ingredients are quite natural, even good and desirable. The concern is that with Big Industry able to use the flimsiest of excuses ("XYZ ingredient is difficult to find organic, and when we did find it we couldn't cut a sufficiently profitable deal to buy it") to substitute non-organic ingredients without having to reflect that on the labeling we could find ourselves presented with products containing fish oil from farmed and antibiotic-laden fish to boost Omega-3 ratings, meat products with casings (intestines) or gelatin from growth hormone enhanced livestock, products containing cornstarch derived from GMO corn, even beer brewed using pesticide-laden hops - and all still able to boast their "USDA Organic" logo.
What can you do about this? Not much I'm afraid! The USDA announced their intention to make these changes and "allowed" just 7 days for input and public comment. That comment period is now closed, and we can expect the USDA to plow ahead with this gift to Big Business. This decaying of the standards for "Organic" will ensure that the USDA's logo is nothing more than a hollow marketing gimmick for the Big Food and AgriBiz industries. There will be no way to know if a product is truly organic or not - unless you personally know the grower or producer and know where their ingredients come from.
All this means that we really must make every attempt to "buy local" and support local farmers and businesses who will assure us that their foods and products really do meet "Organic" standards. Local grass-fed beef, local free range chicken and eggs, garden-grown vegetables and fruits are all available, even to those living in the most urban of environments - if you will just take the time to find them. They will be healthier, tastier, and often less expensive than the bland and chemically-enhanced offerings of Big Industry.
National Organic Program (NOP)--Proposed
Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited
|DISCLAIMER: Consuming the information provided in HealthBeat may cause reduced side-effects, increased knowledge, improved health and well-being and the potential for enhanced common-sense. Use at your own risk. These statements have not been evaluated or blessed by the FDA, The Big Drug Companies, or Big Medicine and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. None of the suggestions made herein are intended to take the place of your personal physician, shaman, chiropractor or other healthcare provider. Please be aware that statements made herein could result in a loss of profits to the FDA, Big Pharma and Big Medicine and should be used cautiously with this in mind. These statements contain no appreciable amounts of calories, carbohydrates, sodium or cholesterol and are certified to be free of all trans-fats.|