Healthy Food; Healthy Labels. The Right To Know

Healthy food produced by distant sources require a certain transparency to their labeling in effect to provide reasonable and truthful dispersal of information regarding the content of the food by which they supply. Without such labeling, the entire structure of industrial food is left into unaccountable hands, even if there is no malicious intent of the producer. It's a matter of providing the proper discourse so that a consumer can feel safe in purchasing staple foods like milk, grains, meats, eggs, fruits and vegetables.

And finally the U.S. Supreme Court System agrees.

The Organic Trade Association published a press release stating:

In order to qualify for the organic label, organic farmers are prohibited from using synthetic growth hormones (rBGH), genetically engineered organisms (GMOs), antibiotics and toxic, persistent, synthetic pesticides. The standards also mandate a rigorous system for inspection, certification and verification of organic practices, all of which protect consumers who choose organic foods.

The court’s decision upholds consumers’ rights to receive truthful information about organic production practices on the labels of their milk and other dairy products. Additionally, it recognizes the rights of organic dairy farmers and processors to communicate truthfully with consumers regarding federally regulated organic production practices under the USDA Organic seal. As a result of this victory for organic, consumers will continue to see truthful information on organic product labels in Ohio and across the country.

Read the case of International Dairy Foods Assn. vs. Boggs:

But of course, there was confusion about rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin) from the consumer sector.  The label was meant to inform a consumer that the milk was not produced by cows that had been administered rBST, despite whatever biotech claims suggest as complete safety of the product. But it's important to understand what rBST is.

Big agribusiness and biotech industries claim that there is no proven effect on human consumption of BST, as it is a naturally occurring hormone. However, rBST is a genetically modified synthetic hormone that farmers might give to cows in effort to increase milk production. The little r means that it is a genetically modified hormone.

But the problem isn't so much in the natural production of BST; the problem is in the over-use of hormones that, while stated as "safe" by the USDA, are used in effort solely to produce more milk for profit at the expense of the health of the cow and possibly the health of the consumer.

Organic labeling needs to be truthful, direct and not at all misleading in order for it to work. If you can't buy from an accountable farmer directly, the next best source is Organic. This ruling is the first step in being able to trust our labeling system to deliver healthy, accountable food from industrial farms.

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