Friday, April 30, 2010

Food Labeling Fiasco; Organics and Nutrition

Amidst the resurgence of health conscious food and drinks, consumers are often quick to associate labels such as "organic," "natural" and "wholesome" with an actually healthy product. With the adoption of organic product lines by major food producers such, the marketing of these lines as healthy alternatives has allowed these false connotations to proliferate among consumers. Those who are reluctant to read cryptic nutritional information on packaging now turn to these vague symbols to guide their health choices.
Although these products may be made from organically prepared ingredients, organic junk foods are still junk foods. Currently these labels are seeing their way on products from potato chips to sweets. Meanwhile, the foods carrying the American Heart Association stamp have grown from 1-7%. As diabetes and obesity become increasingly serious threats to the American population, FDA funding and influence is being cut. The result is that food companies have been able to take advantage of consumers, lulling them into a false sense of nutritional security.
But, the blame does not lie solely with the manufacturers. Consumers have an obligation to educate themselves, just as the government has an obligation to provide common goods such as regulations requiring clear and concise food labeling. Consumers have a responsibility as responsible citizens to exercise their political rights to push for labeling reform. These three confounding factors have turned organics from healthy food choices into a mire for unwary consumers.


Pettitt, Jeniece. "FDA Seeks Consumers' Advice On Food Labeling -" Business News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - Dow Jones & Company Inc., 30 Apr. 2010. Web. 30 Apr. 2010. .

1 comment:

  1. Theres lots of really bad unlabeled food out there and we need to revolt. But in the mean time we need to eat too. Thats why I get all my food from Organic Free Food. They deliver too which is way cutting down on food miles.