The Washington Post published a revealing story this week about the “organic” label on foods and other items, more or less showing that a lot of the labels may not indicate what you might think.
More staggering is the information in the article about organics for babies – who honestly wants to trick parents into possibly harming their babies?
Well, in some situations, products were shown to not fit the requirements for the label, but lobbying allowed for the labels to stay. As usual, many of these deceptions come down to dollar signs:
Relaxation of the federal standards, and an explosion of consumer demand, have helped push the organics market into a $23 billion-a-year business, the fastest growing segment of the food industry. Half of the country’s adults say they buy organic food often or sometimes, according to a survey last year by the Harvard School of Public Health.
But the USDA program’s shortcomings mean that consumers, who at times must pay twice as much for organic products, are not always getting what they expect: foods without pesticides and other chemicals, produced in a way that is gentle to the environment.