Is the modern organic movement missing the point?


In the current issue of the NetFuture e-mail newsletter, there is an interesting article titled Cheap Food at Any Cost, which discusses the organic industry and how bigger in organics is likely not better:

The extra heating of [Horizon’s organic] milk is necessary in order to prevent deterioration of the product as it’s being shipped all over the country. Of course, the heating also reduces the nutritional value of the milk. This milk, in other words, is more processed than some conventional, local, non-organic milk.

Also outlined are the three original goals of organic farming proponents in the 1960s and how those goals are reached by large corporations jumping on the organic bandwagon in 2003:

Recalling the “organic dream” of the 1960s and 1970s, Pollan reminded us
that the vision had three key elements: 1) green, diverse, pesticide-free
farms, 2) an overhauled distribution system with an emphasis on the local
and small, 3) and food kept closer to its natural state, with less
processing. Big Organic accommodates itself only to the first of these
three principles. As a result, the entire system threatens to be
dominated by the high-calorie strawberry, factory-farmed meat, and (sooner
or later, if organic advocate Joan Gussow’s surmise is correct) the
organic Twinkie.

Well worth reading.

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