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  •  I welcome all opinions. (6+ / 0-)

    That said, a great deal of the "omg, organic is just so... DIRTY!" and "I'm busy, I shouldn't have to wonder about what's going in my baby's mouth!" comments of "concerned mommies" was really traceable back to certain corporations.

    I met a young single woman working for Cargill® at a trade show.  She was a Communications and Social Media Marketing graduate.
    Her personal email was the same as used for a "concerned mother" on a forum, advocating the passage of the FSMA, exactly as-written, rejecting the Tester Amendment.

    She, was 24 and childless when I spoke with her in February.
    Miraculously, 2 months later she had a child and was a "busy single mom, burdened by the thoughts of making my child sick with unsanitary produce".  

    Methinks this be unusual.  Her Facebook friends were also contributors, and obviously had very understanding baby-daddies, who stayed home so the ladies could hit the clubs in NY/NJ/Philly/DC.  
    I wrote her an email, and got a prompt block from her FB page.  
    Hmmm... perhaps I doth protesteth too much.

    Here's the reasoning behind certain aspects of FSMA:
    If you wash "organic" produce in a chlorine solution, it voids any NOP Organic® standard of production.  Thus ending any marketshare for Organic®, and creating an advantage for Industrial Agriculture.

    There IS an valid alternative to chlorine, derived from acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide.  It's pricey and needs to be handled with care, or by use of a $1300 metering device.

    My local FDA Inspector obtained information from me, and had a previous conversation with Deputy Director Taylor. Discussing alternatives to "how it must be done".
    I think this was instrumental in opening Taylor's eyes to the shenanigans being foisted upon the FDA.

    The cheapest, most destructive way, isn't "the only way" - nor must it be legislated as being "the legal way" for the convenience of some mega-corporation.

    We're not even touching on GMOs, which is worthy of an entire diary series.

    •  Could you explain this further please: (2+ / 0-)
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      Joy of Fishes, 43north
      If you wash "organic" produce in a chlorine solution, it voids any NOP Organic® standard of production.
      Does washing an organic tomato in tap water, which has chlorine in it, "wash away" the "organic"?  Or was the only thing "organic" about the tomato was the plastic label glued on it?

      How does chlorine change the tomato or strawberry or lettuce by washing it with it?

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 08:28:50 PM PST

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      •  Organic® (1+ / 0-)
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        Gerri, the concentration of chlorination used to "disinfect" produce is far stronger than tap water.

        Your washing produce at home will not change how it's grown, and packaged.

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