The dark side of organics

Last week I blogged about eating organically versus locally and the fact that our increased demand for organics is actually creating a situation that goes completely against the philosophy of organic. Most of us eat organic foods because they are considered environmentally-friendly and pesticide-free. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Organic can also mean that could mean your vegetables are grown in China, or that Kraft made your Boca Burgers.

I don’t mean to preach on the topic, because I know how difficult it is to come up with healthy meals, without the challenge of having to do homework and travel to five different stores to get the food you need for the week. This week, my friend Marci posted a chart on Facebook that grabbed my attention and which I want to share. You might be surprised by what you learn from this Organic Industry Structure: Acquisitions by the To 30 Food Processors in North America, produced by Philip H. Howard, an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

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