No - # 290 June 2000 Organically-Grown Food Not Necessarily...

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# 290 June 2000 Organically-Grown Food Not Necessarily Better For You by John Carlisle The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to allow producers of organic food to place a USDA organic seal on their products should be rejected because it misleads consumers into believing that organic food is safer and better for the environment than conventionally-produced food. In announcing the proposed rules, USDA Secretary Dan Glickman stated that the USDA certification is not meant to convey to consumers that organic food is "superior, safer or more healthy than conventional food."1 Likewise, Katherine DiMatteo, director of the Organic Trade Association, says that organic products are not safer or more nutritious than other foods.2 Yet, a poll comissioned by The National Center For Public Policy Research found that two-thirds of the public would be misled by the proposed USDA seal. The poll, conducted by International Communications Research, showed that 68% of respondents would interpret a product labeled "USDA Certified Organic" to be safer to eat than non-organic foods. Similarly, 69% said that organically-labeled foods would mean that they are better for the environment than conventionally-produced foods.3 Clearly, the proposed USDA seal would only spread misinformation and confusion among consumers. Most disturbing, it would use government auspices to give an unfair market advantage to organic producers over conventional growers by making consumers believe that all non-organic foods are somehow inferior. In particular, consumers who seek to buy environmentally-friendly products would be misled into believing that by buying organic they
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course ISPL 203 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Michigan State University.

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