Posted: 7/30/2012 12:58:30 PM
Originally Posted by be
“The board is stacked,” Mr. Potter says. “Either they don’t have a clue,
or their interest in making money is more important than their interest
in maintaining the integrity of organics.”
He calls the certified-organic label a fraud and refuses to put it on Eden’s products.
- Of, relating to, or derived from living matter
relating to, or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple
binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological
food or farming methods) Produced or involving production without the
use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents
http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop - the usda standards homepage
the governmental requirements to get that corporate ORGANIC label, are garbage, imagine that. It must suck to live in areas where you cannot buy local farm raised organics
Instead of defining organic, lets define food security
The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing
“when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe,
nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”.
Hunger in the United States
Three years after the onset of the financial and economic
crisis, hunger remains high in the United States. The
financial and economic crisis that erupted in 2008 caused a dramatic increase in hunger in the
United States. This high level of hunger continues in 2010,
according to the latest government report (with the most
recent statistics) released in September 2011
- In 2010, 17.2 million households, 14.5 percent of
households (approximately one in seven), were food
insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United
(Coleman-Jensen 2011, p. v.)
- In 2010, about one-third of food-insecure households
(6.7 million households, or 5.4 percent of all U.S.
households) had very low food security (compared with 4.7
million households (4.1 percent) in 2007.
In households with very low food security, the food
intake of some household
members was reduced, and their normal eating patterns
because of the household’s food insecurity
(Coleman-Jensen 2011, p. v.,
Nord 2009, p. iii.) .
- In 2010, children were food insecure at times during
the year in 9.8 percent of households with children (3.9
million households.) In one percent of households with
children,one or more of the children experienced the
most severe food-insecure condition measured by USDA,
very low food security, in which meals were irregular
and food intake was below levels considered adequate by
caregivers (Coleman-Jensen 2011, p. vi).
- The median [a type of average] food-secure household
spent 27 percent more on food than the median
food-insecure household of the same size and household
composition (Coleman-Jensen 2011, p. vi)..
- Background: The United States changed the name of its
definitions in 2006 that eliminated references to
hunger, keeping various categories of food insecurity.
This did not represent a change in what was measured.
Very low food insecurity (described as food insecurity
with hunger prior to 2006) means that, at times during
the year, the food intake of household members was
reduced and their normal eating patterns were disrupted
because the household lacked money and other resources
for food. This means that people were hungry ( in the
sense of "the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want
of food" [Oxford English Dictionary 1971] for days each
year (Nord 2009 p. iii-iv.).