Wal-mart dishonest? No way!

Saturday, January 27th, 2007 @ 8:26 pm | Corporate shenanigans

Gee, who would have predicted it?

Wal-Mart, the controversial retailing giant, is under investigation in the US over allegations it is trying to pass off non-organic foods as organic.

It has been accused of using misleading labelling that is “tantamount to consumer fraud” by an organic farming watchdog, the Cornucopia Institute. The body has handed its complaints to the US Department of Agriculture (Usda).

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is also conducting an investigation into whether Wal-Mart is placing “natural” produce on shelf space labelled as containing organic items.

The Cornucopia Institute claimed to have found dozens of examples of Wal-Mart’s mislabelling products – from “all- natural yogurt” to soya milk “made from organic soybeans”.

It’s simple, folks. Label foods what they are. Who disagrees? People selling foods with ingredients people don’t want.

If you shop organic, you are concerned about what you’re putting in your body, and if you can’t trust the labels on your food, you’re going to face an unending battle to figure out what the hell you’re eating. People shouldn’t have to do this, something that should go without saying.  Yet common sense rarely ranks over special interest agendas in Congress.  Makers of non-organic products will never stop trying to find loopholes that will allow them to fit under the “organic” umbrella.

Like Chomsky says, you don’t need conspiracies, you just need incentives.

-jb

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