The Scams of All Natural and Organic Food By Tony Doll

While shopping for my groceries for the week I came across a dilemma. As always I had to make a choice to either pay for cheaper foods or pay a little extra for the “all natural” and “organic” foods. Since I try to buy healthier foods, this decision was a tough one for me because of the lack of trust that comes with these labels. Before many of my classes that I have taken and last weeks lecture. I always use to trust the organic and all natural labels. Now with everything I know I realize that most of the time people are getting scammed with these false claims of organic or all natural labels.

One of the main problems with these labels is for starters the FDA has no actual definition of all natural foods. This leaves a huge gap in information for consumers and it allows many business to fool people into thinking that what they are eating, is in fact, all natural with no processing involved. While organic foods do have a definition and standards such as, farmers are not supposed to use synthetic pesticides or herbicides (though the USDA still allows a few), no genetically modified seeds, and they must meet other standards set out by the government’s National Organic Program. There are still many ways to get around the guidelines of organic growing.

The major issue for organic foods is that there simply aren’t enough inspectors to look over the organic farmers. This allows many farmers to cheat the system and use pesticides or other non-organic substances. There are also only 140 “surprise” inspections a year which leads to many problems in the actual oversight of these organic farmers. Also the farmers are the ones paying the inspectors. Basically the farmers pay for there own policing which can lead to lenient inspectors who want to insure there jobs still exist because if they ban to many farmers from growing organic food, they will not have a client base charge for inspections.

With all this doubt it makes it really hard to trust these labels and it makes it really hard to make healthy decisions while grocery shopping. Should you spring the extra money for something that may or may not be healthier? Maybe but it would make it much nicer if more stringent standard were put in place to ensure that what you are buying is actually what it is advertised to be.

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5 thoughts on “The Scams of All Natural and Organic Food By Tony Doll

  1. For labeling the FDA has a lot less regulations for “natural” versus organic. A good solution to this dilemma would be going to farmers markets or signing up for programs like our harvest. I usually try to eat organic even though I know the regulations aren’t that strict when the food is in the super market.

    Katie McNulty


  2. I just posted about the dairy industries miss treatment of cattle. So I feel this blog makes a good point in trust being an issue when it comes to labeling and of knowing the actual processes due to inadequate labeling. I also agree that going to farmers markets is a good idea. It’s great to actually support the local guys as well as a benefit to our health down the line. As long as no pays for these issues to be silenced but we all know that bribing and blackmailing do still exists. I just hope that as a society we can continue to work towards refining the regulation and inspection routines as a whole to ensure better legal trust in what we read.


  3. The labeling of “organic” is also very expensive for farmers to get on their foods. Local farmers may have an organic farm but since they cannot afford to get it labeled as such are losing money to corporate farms. This is driving food out of the community and into big companies.


  4. I remember talking about the problem with buying food that had herbicides and pesticides on them in my Environmental Studies class and how its best to eat food that is free of these harsh chemicals. Its shocking to see how many chemicals the FDA allows on our food that other countries don’t, and how labels on food like “cage free” or “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better for you. Food companies get away with turning food into a business industry by making food grow faster, stay ripe longer, or even prevent bruises all using harsh chemicals just for the sake of money. – Elizabeth Mullett


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