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When "Organic" isn’t Organic

Fill your cart with goodies that have been certified “organic,” and you might think you’re feeding your family wholesome food that’s been untainted by pesticides or chemical additives.Think again, says Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods.“Just because it says ‘organic’ on it doesn’t mean it is,” says the CEO of Eden Foods.Potter and a die-hard group of believers in the organic movement are raising an outcry over what they describe as a persistent watering-down of organic standards over the past decade. He blames inadequate enforcement and a certification system that puts more focus on how a farmer’s paperwork is filled out than how his crops are being grown.“The standards are lackluster at best,” he says. “It’s only become easier and cheaper to defraud the public with organics.”Some products that meet the legal definition of the term might surprise consumers, says Charlotte Vallaeys, director of farm and food policy at the Cornucopia Institute.“There’s a certain expectation that organic food is natural food: that synthetic ingredients that are developed in a lab and then produced in China—that those ingre …

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