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The Consumer Team: Understanding The Organic Food Scam

Organic….Natural…..Locally Grown.   These words are common in the marketplace because consumers are demanding fresh and healthy.  Natural News estimates that 2014 profits from the sale of organic and natural food were over $35 billion.   Consumers want healthy and we’re willing to pay for it.  The prices of organic food products are often much more than food that doesn’t have the organic seal of approval.  In some cases the price is over 100% more than non-organic products.  The profits from organic food combined with a weak inspection system in the US has resulted in a consumer world where food that is advertised as organic is often far from it.  We’re paying a ton of money for organic food and, oftentimes, getting junk.

The Organic Food Scam - The Consumer Team Investigates

The Organic Food Scam – The Consumer Team Investigates

In 2015, Forbes published an investigation of the organic food industry.  “The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture” is a well researched work that shines a light on a number of issues, including how misinformed the consumer is regarding organic food.  Consider pesticides.  Although it’s generally true that chemical pesticides are prohibited in organic products, there are exceptions including natural pesticides.  Natural pesticides can be toxic.  Another consumer misconception is regarding GMOs, genetically modified organisms.   Consumer perception is that organic means GMO free.  It doesn’t.  As long as organic food is produced using an authorized process (which is not closely inspected), the presence of GMOs in food is not a violation.

So how can this all happen?   Why aren’t testing standards protecting the consumer?  Just follow the money to understand the scam.  The sheer profits that organic food produces, including a super-high premium paid by consumers, has created an incentive for food producers to create a system that is lax and offers plenty of wiggle room.   According to the Forbes study, for the majority of organic products, no tests can determine the difference between organic and non-organic.   And when tests or inspections are present, they’re often incorrect or incomplete.  Forbes cites a 2014 Wall Street Journal investigation that found that almost half of USDA inspection agents failed to uphold USDA standards.   The organic food inspection system is totally loose.   And the organic food lobby is so big and well-funded that their lobbying effort has been successful in preventing any changes to the system.  Show me the money.

The poster child for bad behavior in organic foods is Whole Foods Market.  According to the Forbes investigation, the food retailer was found to be importing large amounts of produce from China. Yes, the same China where the air is not breath-able.  And the Whole Food’s scam gets even better.  They advertised their Chinese “glow-in-the-dark” produce as “California Blend”.

So, what can a consumer do?   First, unless you can personally identify and confirm how a product is produced, packaged and stored, don’t pay a premium for organic.  Beyond that, do research for yourself. Below are several resources we believe are viable:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2015/07/29/why-organic-agriculture-is-a-colossal-hoax/#2715e4857a0b2c835e9f38e4

http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2011/09/05/we_must_end_the_organic_food_scam_now_106251.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/048024_organic_industry_factory_farms_food_fraud.html#

http://www.scambusters.org/foodscam.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/07/23/334073167/can-you-trust-that-organic-label-on-imported-food

Lastly, call or write your representatives in Congress.   Let them know that you’re informed regarding the organic food scam, including their complicity in maintaining the corrupt organic food system in the US.

Pete Thomson

CEO – The Consumer Team

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Consumer Team Investigates Organic Food Industry

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   The Consumer Team today announced that a new investigative series on the organic food industry will start airing in November of 2015.   Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, commented on the series.  He stated, “The Consumer Team will air a series of segments aimed at educating consumers regarding organic foods.  Recently, serious charges have been made regarding the integrity of organic food.   Our series will help consumers to truly understand the issues involving organic food and to make more informed shopping decisions.”

Organic Agriculture - The Consumer Team Investigates

Organic Agriculture – The Consumer Team Investigates

Several recent investigations have disparaged the organic food industry, including Dr. Henry I Miller’s recent article in Forbes, The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture.    Thomson voiced several concerns regarding organic foods.  He said, “Consumers pay a huge premium for food that is labeled as organic. Recent research and studies, including Dr. Miller’s article in Forbes, are challenging the integrity of the organic industry.   On The Consumer Team we want to weigh the evidence objectively and help consumers understand the truth.”

Thomson said that a thorough understanding of the role of pesticides in organic food will be essential to understanding both the benefits and safety issues surrounding organic foods.  He added, “The pesticide discussion is the part of the organic discussion that people are finding both educational and concerning.  People are generally surprised to learn that pesticide free doesn’t necessarily mean food more healthy.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7 PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD Radio.  The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc in Dallas, Texas.

 

Saving Money in 2013: Let’s Start With Groceries!

As a new year starts, many consumers wisely set goals to save money on every day purchases.   The Consumer Team talk radio program will be featuring strategies for saving money across a wide variety of consumer purchases starting Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 4-6PM on KRLD RadioPete Thomson, executive producer and host of The Consumer Team, commented, “As a new year starts, The Consumer Team is laser focused on ways that our listeners can save money in their lives as a consumer.   This week, we’ll be talking about ways we all can save in the grocery store.”

Jody Rohlena, Senior Editor with Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine, will be a featured guest on the The Consumer Team’s grocery segment.  Pete Thomson commented on Jody Rohlena’s appearance on The Consumer Team.   “Jody and the ShopSmart staff has really done their homework.  We’ll be talking about ways that consumers can save significantly at the grocery store.   In fact, one of the tips from this segment can save shoppers up to 60%.”

Historically, savvy shoppers have mastered ways to save by combining coupons with store sales and other promotions.  According to Thomson, coupon clipping is just the beginning of the process of cutting the family grocery bill.  Thomson added, “There’s no doubt that a family can save thousands of dollars annually by using coupons strategically.   In our interview we’ll be going deeper into the process of saving.   We’ll be talking about new web sites and Apps that have emerged as well as new programs that retailers are rolling out to help their customers be smarter shoppers.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  Because of special sports programming Saturday on KRLD, for this week only The Consumer Team will be heard Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 4-6PM.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market and The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to weekly consumer advocacy programs in the US.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

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