organic my A$$!

So again this week I am going to have to take the devils advocate side of this weeks topic-organic food.  Today I am stating that the “organic food” you find in your local supermarket is nothing but a bloody scam. The problem is that people buy organic products that look like they were made in a local hippie’s kitchen when they are acctually, more often then not, carrying a multinational logo. Phil Howard, a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Food Systems, notes that according to one estimate, 40% of the packaged organic foods on the shelves of natural food stores are produced by some of the biggest companies in the world.
 The corporate takeover of organics can be seen as both a success and a failure for the organic movement, believes Howard. “On the one hand, the acreage devoted to organic production, without synthetic pesticides, increases every year to meet the market demand. On the other hand, some of the ideals of the organic movement, which was in a large part a response to industrial agriculture, have fallen by the wayside.” Organic agriculture increasingly resembles the global, industrial agriculture system it was created to combat, says Howard.
In my opinion organic food should be grown on your own by garden, sprouts and chickens, and we shoud not support these gigantic companies. Let me know what you think.

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2 responses to “organic my A$$!

  1. Julie

    Buying organic is not only more expensive but can also be a lot of work as the consumer needs to do their homework – many producers call themselves organic but by whose definition? Is growing vegetables on a plot of land that once housed an oil refinery REALLY organic? – you know what I mean.

  2. Granto

    Whats wrong with large companies going organic? It is the only way to bring this to the people! As multinationals grow this industry, it will become cheaper, and more widespread. It will become more accessable to more people. I live in Canada, it is simply not a feasible idea for a small farmer to ship me Brussel spouts from Panama….they need distrubution etc. Big companys are the only sustainable way to bring organic food to Canada.

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