Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Organic Food Fraud-Buyers Misled at Wal-Mart by Mislabeling

Everyone knows that organic food costs more.

Once a niche audience, buying and eating organic produce and products is a growing phenomenon. Organic food costs more because farmers don’t take the easier, cheaper, and more toxic path of pesticides. Organic farmers use lady bugs to kill crop damaging pests. Organic farmers use sustainable methods of farming that are safer for you and the farm worker but more time consuming. It makes sense that Wal-Mart wants to be part of that organics phenomenon. Rather than actually selling organic products, Wal-Mart has been labeling traditional products that are natural or hydroponically-grown as Organics. In order to be labeled “organic” a product must be certified which is another reason organic costs more but at least the customer knows the famers and manufacturers followed stringent guidelines. 

This is just another unethical practice that Wal-Mart participates in. What next?

How does Wal-Mart mislead the customer and mislabel the products?Wal-Mart has been questioned about this misleading practice and so far nothing has changed. The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this misleading practice but has been dragging their feet to do anything about it. Customers are paying more for products that they think are organic when they are not.

Learn how Wal-Mart is defrauding the customer with organic food mislabeling. Do you buy organic products? Why or why not?
Do you shop Wal-Mart? Why or why not?
What would you like to say to the FDA for ignoring this problem?
 

 

Karyn Zoldan
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  1. My husband did the shopping last week and brought home some “organic” celery. It did not have the same long, green stalks that I am used to. Instead, the stalks were thinner and yellower and it did not last nearly as long in the refrigerator.

    The taste experience was not the same either. I like my celery to be crunchy and juicy. The organic celery was hollow on the inside and the whole experience left me wanting.

    I don’t normally buy organic foods, but this whole thing with the melamine showing up in our foods from additives purchased from China is making me take a second look at what I put into my body.

    Regardless, what sense does it make to eat something that is supposed to be better for you (i.e. organic) when it does not taste good? You have to evaluate each choice individually and unfortunately, today it is getting harder not easier.

  2. CoCo,

    I hope you won’t judge the entire organic industry based on one bad bunch of celery.

    Just like conventional produce, organic produce sits in a store room or holding tank while waiting to get from one place to another.

    The advantage of eating organics is that you are not absorbing cancer-causing pesticides.

    For the best produce whether organic or not, I recommend buying organic produce at local farmers markets or even produce at local farmers markets as you are directly helping the farmer not the middle man.

  3. People need to research organic food companies and distributors… Make sure they are buying quality… We need to buy from local, honest, hard working farmers to keep them in business or this country is going to be in a heap of trouble.

    Walmart disgusts me… they have a reputation of purchasing from countries that enslave their people and they purchase cheap, counterfeit crap… The worst part is that Americans buy into it.

    As I always thought… you get what you pay for…. I don’t shop at Walmart and I am not the least bit surprised!!

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