December 04, 2007

The Industrial Organic Oxymoron

This is an excerpt from Chef Ann Cooper's "The Renegade Lunch Lady" blog:

November 21st, 2007, Industrial Organics

November 20, 2007
They’re mass-produced by agribiz but better than eating poisons
by Ann Cooper, Kate Adamick

“Industrial organics.” The mere mention of the recently coined, aptly turned phrase describing mass-produced organic foods grown on giant industrial farms and sold in superstores such as Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Safeway, can cause our palms to sweat.

As food systems consultants and school food reform advocates, we regularly take a firm stand on a wide range of controversial food issues. So what is it about industrial organics that kicks our nervous systems into high gear? Is it that we so strongly believe that industrial organics constitute an incongruity so dangerous as to destroy any remaining prospect of developing a truly sustainable agriculture system? Or, is it because we fervently believe industrial organics are the long-awaited savior — almighty capitalism’s answer to eradicating pesticides, hormones and antibiotics from our food supply?

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