Fake Organics... Did You Know?
I religiously purchase almost all my grocery store supplies from a regional farmer who happens to be a free-range certified beef-goat-pork and poultry producer. He also confirms all his products are gmo-free, soy free, corn free and a true organic.
So that means he also has butter, ghee, many types of cheese, eggs and almost anything else you can think of from those four animal groups
Then in his family there is now 4 of the sons and daughters which got married and they pretty much do all the stuff Dad doesn't do. So fruits, vegetables, grains, kefir and kombucha, handmade cleaning supplies, toiletries and on and on.
And he happened to close out an email with something when he was introducing a few new products they now carry.
He mentioned the general consumer needs to watch out for all those "fake supermarket organics" if they truly are trying to clean up your diet and lifestyle.
So that statement got me to thinking just what his definition of that would be. I made my list and then I wrote him back to see if he ever did a blog post with the answer to that question.
The answer was no...there's just not enough hours in a day to get into that too, but he did send me a few links to court cases, previous published studies etc which he has been collecting for the day when he does get a few more hours to pursue just that question.
Interesting enough several of the scenarios I did have on my list also because being a former business owner in the food service industry I knew corners are constantly cut mostly to reduce expenses. The bigger the company it seems the more they bend the rules. And in our current society governmental rules and regulations are either ignored or re-wrote to appeal to the likes of big business.
So for just a few proven scenarios (I'm not going to name names here but if asked I can send the link(s) if wanted)
First, the #1 grocery store chain in this country sells cage free eggs at a higher price with a beautiful picture of green grass, rolling hills and happy chickens. The reality is great big long rows of chicken houses stuffed full of chickens crammed onto concrete slabs. But they are right...no cages. The only outdoor access these runs have is a small door with a 4X8 concrete slab outside. Picture this and you will know why thousands of chickens in those runs never see the light of day. The moral here, pretty pictures can and do sell stuff at a premium price every day.
The second scenario which occurs continuously, fake organic grains enter this country daily from several major sources. Farmers all over the country use them because the cost is lower than obtaining these goods from the USA. GMO corn, wheat, soy etc are used all over organic food processing plants. What the animal eats... you are eating too. It doesn't seem to matter if an animal is living cage free but is eating non-organic feeds. They still get to use the organic label.
Thirdly, animal abuse is rampant in large and small operations. I will not go into details here (even myself I was totally disgusted in what I was reading) but the only way any of this gets curtailed is usually by whistleblowers with videos or testimony. It is bad enough that inspections are waived or rules are bent and ignored but even with proof in hand it often takes many years to decades for programs to be enforced in local, state or federal levels.
Right now it has been documented that the only way the majority of these situations are being controlled is when the public steps up and shines the spotlight on these scenarios. False advertising cases are filling the courts instituted by the rage and disgust of just us general shoppers.
It's too bad though that most companies actually pay and enforce measures which control the public from ever seeing just how their company runs its daily business.
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