003: Isn’t It Organic?

Sarah walks us through key organic food terms, a shocking overview of the history of pesticides, and the growth of the North American organic food movement. She also looks at the environmental and nutritional impacts of organic farming practices. Becca then discusses what constitutes food fraud and the likelihood that you have been a victim of this crime. She does a deep dive into some issues of processing, marketing and labelling – and how terms like the “Clean 15” are problematic. She tells the stories of two of the most recent and notorious instances of organic food fraud: the Canadian raspberry scam and the Field of Schemes involving grain in the United States. They end the episode by discussing why this type of crime is such a big issue, especially during periods of recession; and give you some tips to become a conscious organic consumer.

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