New rules proposed by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) will allow US-certified organic food to be adulterated with a list of 38 non-organic additives and other ingredients, including colours, starches and oils.
How organic is that?
Organic food is becoming big business. It is appearing in supermarkets all over the world. The problem could be that producing organic food on a large scale is well, inconvenient, and rather too expensive as well.
Food colouring is purely for marketing purposes, and is not required in food anyhow.
The use of starches generally indicates over-processed foods. What’s wrong with using organic minimally processed ingredients? If a manufacturer can’t do that, then they can’t produce credible organic food!
Oils are probably the most important of food ingredients when it comes to health. High-quality organic oils is necessary to good health, where as poorly processed non-organic oils are bad for you. Oil carries more toxins than other food ingredients as a general rule.
One wonders if there will eventually be a list of 38 pesticides an “organic” farmer can spray on their fields?
- Food Navigator USA – where I first discovered this issue
- Organic.org – They feature the USDA seal. Can they be trusted to really stand for organic food?
- Organic certification (Wikipedia)
I think that organic food should be pure and free from pesticides and other toxins, be good for the environment when produced, and healthy when consumed. What do you think?