I was reading this story on Food Safety News about food fraud:
Listen to this:
The most visceral audience reaction came from another case out of China: undercover video of fake rice being produced in China out of plastic resin and sweet potato.
“Three cups of this rice is equivalent to eating a plastic shopping bag,” Weinberg said.
Remember the big melamine-in-milk scandal from 2008? People were saying they wouldn’t buy or eat anything from China after that. But it’s not just China.
Let me ask you … If you were an unscrupulous food producer here in the US, what kind of false label would occur to you to put on your food that would boost your bottom line, that might be arduous to investigate? How about “organic”?
After years of inaction by the USDA, Cornucopia contracted for aerial photography in nine states, from West Texas to New York and Maryland, over the past eight months. What they found confirmed earlier site visits: a systemic pattern of corporate agribusiness interests operating industrial-scale confinement livestock facilities providing no legitimate grazing, or even access to the outdoors, as required by federal organic regulations.
Some aerial photos from Cornucopia’s investigation:
Green Meadow (Herbrucks) Poultry Ranch, Eggs; Saranac, Michigan (August 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM)
The scale of this operation can only be appreciated if you note the semi-trailers in the forefront of the photo. These two-story houses likely contain over 100,000 birds using aviary systems. The farm itself is licensed for over 1 million. Screen porches on the side of the buildings are visible.
Aurora Organic Dairy; Dublin, Texas
Overview of the two feedlots. It’s important to note that virtually all the surrounding fields, which could be used for pasture, have been recently cut and baled for hay. There is effectively no pasture available to these animals.
I’m telling you, “organic” has become just a marketing gimmick.
USDA Guts National Organic Law; Circumvents Public Process; Decision makes it easier to continue use of artificial ingredients and substances, undermining integrity of organic label, Joint statement of Consumers Union, Food and Water Watch, Beyond Pesticides and Center for Food Safety, 19 September 2013