Keeping reading labels…even the organic ones

I finally got around to reading the July 8, 2012 New York Times article “Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?”.  The non-organic list of ingredients manufacturers are able to use in their certified organic products continues to grow.  The article states that “today, more than 250 nonorganic substances are on the list, up from 77 in 2002”.  The latest addition to the list is carrageenan which is a seaweed derivative used as a stabilizer and thickener in foods.

So after reading the article I checked out one of my favorite resources, The Cornucopia Institute, knowing I could find more information, analysis and industry scorecards readily available and easy to understand.  According to The Cornucopia Institute carrageenan has been identified by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as a “possible human carcinogen.”  Great.  And then adding salt to the wound…

Back in the spring when I was trying to find poultry that wasn’t given GMO feed I was looking for two products specifically, chicken breast and sliced turkey breast.  I soon realized that I needed to purchase organic for both.  Finally able to let out a sigh of relief, I began feeding my children organic roasted turkey breast from Applegate.  Well guess what?  Yup you got it.  It contains carrageenan.

I may have to purchase that meat slicer after all…

 

 

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