As most of our readers are aware, we don’t like GMO foods. The concept of genetically modifying something that is already so amazing only makes sense in two circumstances: to make money or to help feed the starving. Since they’re not really doing much to feed the starving in the world, it all comes down to money.
With the rise of organic food production and distribution comes many companies who are getting into or converting to a more natural stance with their products. The positives of this are easy to see and are being heralded by certain publications such as Infowars. However, what they aren’t pointing out is that there are potential negatives that are associated with this rise that should make lovers of organic foods a little worried.
The rise in the number of food producers adding organic or more natural foods to their lineup means that we’re bound to see some trickery in the mix. In other words, the added confusion of additional organic food producers means the infrastructure for watchdog groups and organic certification organizations will be taxed. We have seen in the past that companies claiming to sell organic foods were either corrupt, tainted, or downright lying about their products. That revelation came during a long investigation in 2010 that yielded an article we are no longer allowed to publish or even talk about, so let’s just leave it at that and declare that in this particular popular industry that relies on cows and rhymes with silk, we found that nearly half of the “organic” producers didn’t deserve the label.
That’s one segment of one industry. As more companies head in this direction, the watchdogs will not be able to keep up.
Then, there’s the confusion at the grocery store itself. The general population is getting better at identifying the different types of food labels that depict goodness but that really aren’t much better, if at all, than standard foods. Terms like “all natural” or “made from scratch” can make people believe that there is nothing GMO about the food when in reality there is. We don’t promote the concept that the population must be taken by the hand and given everything in clear 5th-grade language since people are responsible for their own decisions, but we know that things are going to get harder the more companies there are that are trying to deceive.
We don’t want to put a damper on the positives associated with companies becoming more conscientious about what they’re producing. However, we know that they are driven by profits and that those profits are best created when the consumers are not completely aware. Our fear is that deals will be made, laws passed, and confusion will abound to the point that the organic movement is diluted by the presence of these companies that are supposedly embracing it.