View Full Version : More Spin Than Science: The Latest efforts To Take Down Organics

05-10-14, 06:05 AM
Karl Hamerschlag
May 8 2014

(http://civileats.com/2014/05/08/more-spin-than-science-the-latest-efforts-to-take-down-organics/)Several weeks ago, a group called Academics Review (http://academicsreview.org/) published a report (http://academicsreview.org/2014/04/why-consumers-pay-more-for-organic-foods-fear-sells-and-marketers-know-it/) harshly attacking the organic industry and its nonprofit allies for what they called “deceptive marketing practices,” designed to instill “false and misleading consumer health and safety perceptions about competing conventional foods.” The study also implicates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a willing partner that allows companies to use their sanctioned organic label to deliver fear-mongering messages about the dangers of industrial food.
And while most coverage of the study appeared in small and agriculture-focused publications, some other sources, like the New York Post (http://nypost.com/2014/04/19/the-tyranny-of-the-organic-mommy-mafia/) and Food Safety News, picked up the story without much in-depth research about its source. The headlines–“Report: Organic Industry Achieved 25 Years of Fast Growth Through Fear and Deception (http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/04/report-fast-growing-organics-industry-is-intentionally-deceptive/#.U1chLcfDBSU)” and “The Organic Industry Has Been Fibbing All Along (http://www.examiner.com/article/organic-industry-has-been-fibbing-all-along)”–were especially alarming.

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05-10-14, 08:07 AM
I loved the last bit of the article:

"All of this begs the question: Why spend massive resources on PR efforts to convince consumers not to care about pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or GMOs in our food, rather than giving consumers what they want: Safe, healthy food grown in ways that don’t harm people or the planet?"