When you buy organic….

…is that what you really get? Perhaps not. We are learning now that there are instances of fraud in the labeling of organic food in California. Growers ignore the state certification process and label produce in a way that misleads consumers. Not only does this cheat the consumer, it also undercuts the actual growers of organic food. It is absolutely essential to read the label and make sure the produce is certified organic. And when you do read the label you may discover that the produce actually comes from China! Produce from China is not open to third-party certification and there is no way of knowing if the produce was actually certified organic in a process similar to the US.  While enforcement of standards  everywhere is crucial, our responsibility as consumers is to be sure what we are paying for and never unknowingly support those who try to subvert the system.

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