Friday, May 12, 2006

You can skip this one if it's not Friday...


The word just makes you feel good. You feel like you're getting a higher quality product when you buy organic food. You feel like you are supporting sound farming practices. You feel like you're getting something other than factory direct pricing on your dinner.

You feel good, that is, until they try to change the definition of "organic".

They've established a very short window of opportunity for public comment on this. It ends today. If you are in the US and want "organic" to mean something, please make your voice heard. Click the link above and then look for "Take action now" in the first paragraph.

I usually steer clear of talking about politics on here, but this stuff just really aggravates me. The organic standards are already not quite what I'd want, but at least they mean something. If they start playing shell games, it'll undermine the whole concept.


At 5/14/2006 2:12 PM, Blogger the Contrary Goddess said...

I'm sorry but "organic" isn't an alternative to industrial agriculture, it is just a different form of industrial agriculture, even more profitable for the big producers (like Heinz, and soon Wal-Mart). There were those of us who opposed federal organic definitions to begin with because it has made it into just another government privilege program. Oh well.

At 5/14/2006 11:14 PM, Blogger e4 said...

But even the "organic" that we're saddled with is still better than most alternative methods. Many things with the organic certification are legitimately produced with sound farming practices. And many products that don't have the label are produced with even better farming practices.

I agree that the government shouldn't hold the keys, but they do. I don't want to see it get worse. At some point, my initial statement will no longer hold.

At 5/16/2006 12:36 PM, Blogger the Contrary Goddess said...

that we have a federal organic label is itself a mistake. That's my point. It is a mistake to try to keep them "pure" because they aren't, never were, never will be. I just choose to live outside of it.

And we're not "saddled" with anything. We choose.

But you know, I'm radical lunatic fringe crazy. But fun.


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