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All About Organics

It’s a new year, and a perfect time to be a little more conscious about what food you put in your mouth and give to your family.  While I consider myself to be pretty food-savvy, I always like brushing up on the basics and learning just alittle bit more about the current broken state of the US food system.  Here’s a mini-preview:

Why We Should All Eat More Organic Food:

-It’s more nutritious

-It’s pure food, free of chemical additives

-It’s safer

etc…………………….

All About Organics- OCA’s Organic Resource Center.

Conflict within the USA corporation

Corporations, by nature and design, are at the service of their stockholders.  So how is it that a massive food corporation like Kraft or General Mills, that brings in loads of profits from selling sugary soda, fatty chips and other chemical-laden processed goodies, can also join a movement focused on healthy eating?  These guys make money when we are unhealthy couch potatoes addicted to their products, so what’s the change of heart?  This kind of makes me think of the issues surrounding the fact that health insurers and providers are running on a for-profit model…. it just doesn’t work.

Yes folks, now there is an anti-obesity campaign by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, and the world’s biggest food corps are behind it, but it makes you wonder what are their motives?  How do they explain that to their insightful stockholders?

As an advocate of healthy lifestyles, of course I support movements that begin to address our growing (pun intended) obesity epidemic, so this is a start….but I want to see more from all levels of government, and of course from the education system.  And now, it’s time for me to go on a run!

Uniting to Fight Obesity

Developments in the Fairtrade market

The fairtrade movement is definitely picking up steam, but most people only think they can buy ethically sourced coffee and tea- that’s no longer the case!  Chocolate is becoming more available, especially now that Cadbury UK has committed to fair trade practices in their supply chain.  But did you know that you can also buy fairtrade spices? Fruit? Sugar? And even wine?

For more info check out: SpecialtyFood.com.

The Ever-changing Organic Industry Structure

Phil Howard – Organic Industry.

Check out how much the “organic foods” industry has changed in recent history.  The power of the corporation is amazing, but especially in the food industry.  You think you are supporting a small producer that focuses on sustainability, and then you come to find out that they were just purchased by a huge conglomerate.  Does that change your view of the company? The product?

June 2009