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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Avoid Products that Switch From Organic to Conventional Labels

Did you ever start eating an organic product and then sometime later notice that the manufacturer had quietly, with no announcement, removed the organic designation, and switched to using all conventional ingredients? Or even worse, some brands will label their products as “Made with organic ingredients.”

I have noticed this occurrence on some products, even raw food products. I think this is a very sad action for a company to make since 1) the consumers may not notice the change, 2) to go from high standards to low standards is shameful, 3) the switch is most often made in order to increase the profit margin, 4) using the organic word in some way on the product label when much of the product is not organic is deceiving and green washing, and 5) consumers health suffers and the value of the product is diminished since there are undoubtedly more toxins in conventional foods.

Companies are in effect taking advantage of human nature. Many consumers will elect to continue eating that particular brand, even if they notice the switch from organic to conventional, since they are familiar with the brand and people don’t like to change too much.

Other consumers like to eat healthy by choosing organic. So, manufacturers will often do the least action necessary to promote their supposed healthy products. So, if they can place the word “organic” or “natural” in some way on the label, the consumer may assume that the entire product is organic, when this may not be so. “Made with organic ingredients” means that at least 70% of the ingredients are organic. “Natural” is simply a marketing term and has no legal implications for the ingredients.

I highly recommend that everyone choose to eat organic foods since the benefits are numerous and far outweigh the slight difference in cost. Organic foods are better for human health, environmental health, animal health, have more nutrition, are sustainable, and taste better.

And, please don’t use the lame excuse that organic is too expensive! Don’t follow the masses of people who claim conventional foods as good enough for them. Conventional foods are full of chemicals from the pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides sprayed on them, and I believe that eating these chemicals for many years will undoubtedly have on effect on one’s health. Why do you think many people are getting the western diseases in our modern times? Well, we know that humankind has only been spraying chemicals on agricultural crops post WWII correlating with the rise of cancer and other western diseases. I choose to eat organic to be as safe as I can be for me and my family. Do I want to risk me and my family’s health unnecessarily? Certainly not! Organic costs just a little bit more in most cases and one will save much money from living healthier and not needing to visit doctors or hospitals as one ages.

So, if your favorite brand of cereal, cookies, nuts, or energy bar suddenly changes from organic to conventional, or if you have been eating a conventional brand for years, make the right choice for you, your family, the planet, and the animals’ health. Forget that brand and instead choose an organic brand of food. There are now many choices of organic foods available! There are many reasons to choose organic and not one reason to not choose organic!

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