Organic food industry booming – and that may be bad for consumers

Source: Portland Press Herald

As organic food shifts from utopian movement to lucrative industry, a war is being waged for its soul.

Record organic sales in the United States totaled nearly $50 billion in 2017 according to the Organic Trade Association. Although organic food still represents only 5.5 percent of food sold, its year-over-year growth has been meteoric – taking a cue from conventional agriculture’s mantra: “Get big or get out.”

This has resulted in organic growers and food companies that, although technically adhering to the definition of organic – no chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics or pesticides – are a far cry from the idealism and high standards with which the movement began.


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