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The Organic Corporate Takeover

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  • The Organic Trade Association (OTA), which says its mission is to promote and protect organic, has corporate members that seemingly do not belong, like chemical giant BASF, a dicamba manufacturer and a major player in genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Cargill, another GMO and concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) giant, is also an OTA member
  • The apparent conflict between promoting organic standards while at the same time accepting members who blatantly ignore them for most of their products has led to tension among some OTA members
  • OTA appears to be increasingly succumbing to corporate control and has supported measures against GMO labeling as well as supports the allowance of controversial hydroponic-like container growing systems under the organic label

By Dr. Mercola

For many Americans, the organic label on a food represents a superior product, one that's free from pesticides and other agricultural chemicals and farmed using sustainable agricultural practices. Many would be surprised to learn, however, that in many cases organic companies are owned by multinational conglomerates, many of which produce nonorganic foods as well, using methods that are in direct contrast to the rules of organic.


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