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Organic Elitists

June 25, 2009

Organic Elitists

Marion Nestle wrote about “Certified Organic” foods in last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle. Excerpts:

Foods grown on sustainable soils ought to contain higher levels of nutrients … but organic certification does not require higher nutritional values. Without testing, I’d be hard-pressed to know whether the organic foods I’m buying really are nutritionally better. The main point of organics [certification] is production methods, and these require hand labor and careful management, both of which come at a higher cost. 

Food marketers … take advantage of public perceptions that “organic” implies … sustainability and better nutrition. Companies that follow the rules can legitimately market highly processed foods as organic, taking advantage of their health aura to command higher prices.