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Organic Food: Who Can We Trust?

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Organic food is big business. According to the Organic Trade Association, U.S. sales of organic food and beverages went from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. The Organic Monitor estimates that organic sales (globally) reached $54.9 billion in 2009. But, unfortunately, many small organic farms are selling out to bigger food corporations. We must ask - who can we trust?

On the next Natural News Talk Hour - Jonathan Landsman and Mark Kastel, one of the leading advocates for organic food integrity will talk about the current trends within the organic food industry; the legal aspects of organic branding; the GMO labeling movement plus much more. If you care about the source of your food supply - don't miss this show!   

'Organic' food from China - can we believe it?

Whole Foods, arguably the largest retailer of organic foods, ended the year 2013 with sales approaching $13 billion. Clearly, consumer demand for fresh, organic (healthy) food is on the rise. But, wait, for the uninformed consumer - you may want to be careful with your food money.

Many of the foods sold at Whole foods - plus many other health food stores - are loaded with heavy metals, genetically modified ingredients and may not be organic, especially if these foods come from China. You see, even though we see the 'USDA organic seal' - many of these foods from China are not really inspected by USDA officials. We have to trust or rely on a 'third party' inspector that resides inside China.

In addition, we have to wonder about the quality of the food grown in China - due to its contaminated water supply. A growing number of health conscious consumers are learning that polluted water will usually equal a greater risk for heavy metal toxicity. Bottom line - just because a food product says it's 'organic' doesn't mean it's safe to eat. Know your source.

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