'Certified Organic' May Not Be 100%
She answered these questions:
- What is the difference between "100% organic" and "organic"?
- How do we know "organic" truly reflects our beliefs?
- Do food companies use the word "organic" in the same way they use "health"?
- Which is worse: eating nonorganic produce full of pesticides or not eating produce at all?
- Is organic food nutritionally worth its higher cost?
- Aren't organics elitist? People can't buy organic foods if they aren't available at an affordable price.
"I once heard Eric Schlosser answer a similar question aimed at his book, "Fast Food Nation." He pointed out that social movements have to begin somewhere and that several began with elites but ended up helping the poor and disenfranchised - the civil rights, environmental and women's movements, for example."She didn't deny that organics are elitist, choosing to focus instead on the impact buying organic can have, regardless of who does the buying.
Here she suggests what might be done to remove the price barriers:
"Dealing with the elitism implied by the higher cost of organics means doing something about income inequities. If we want elected representatives to care more about public health than corporate health, let's work to remove the corruption from election campaign contributions. If Congress were less beholden to corporations, we might be able to create a system that paid farmers and farm workers decently and sold organic foods at prices that everyone could afford."I'm a big believer in voting. The reason we have members of Congress beholden to corporations is because the majority of us preferred it that way, and expressed our preference in our vote. (By the same token, the reason we did not as a nation commit to reduce greenhouse gases at the turn of the century is because we knowingly voted for elected officials who did not support the Kyoto Protocol.)