Who owns your favorite organic food company?
Did you know that most organic food companies have been snatched up by giant corporations? I was disappointed to find out that some of my favorite organic food brands are now owned by corporations who could care less about keeping their consumers health in mind. These giant producers of junk food, processed food and sugary beverages are replacing ingredients in organic foods with lesser quality, cheaper ingredients.
For example, did you know that Stonyfield and Brown Cow are now owned by Dannon?
Spectrum Organics and Earth’s Best is now owned by Hain Celestial.
Cascadian Farm and LaraBar are now owned by General Mills.
Plum Organics is now owned by Campbell Soup Company.
Back to Nature is now owned by Mondelez (a spin-off of Kraft).
Peet’s Coffee and Tea is now owned by JAB/D.E. Master Blenders (formerly Sara Lee).
Earthbound Farm, Horizon, and The Organic Cow of Vermont are now owned by Whitewave (spin-off of Dean).
Honest Tea and Odwalla are now owned by Coca-Cola.
Naked Juice is owned by Pepsi-Co.
Kashi and Bear Naked are now owned by Kellogg.
Santa Cruz Organic is now owned by J.M. Smucker.
Aidell’s Sausage is now owned by Hillshire Brands (Formerly Sara Lee).
This is just a list of a few of the organic companies bought out by big corporations.
Why is it important not to support these organic brands now that they are owned by giant corporations?
For one, these big corporations support putting GMO’s in our food without our knowledge. They shelled out millions (money we gave them by buying their “organic” foods) to defeat Prop. 37 in 2012 which would have required that foods with GMO’s be labeled, so we can make the choice whether to buy or not. Their argument was that it would make our food prices go up which is total baloney.
This scared a lot of people into voting for no labeling. It would NOT have made our food prices go up.
So the profits made from your organic food purchases are used in ways you would not knowingly support, like defeating important Propositions such as Prop. 37.
Another reason is that it’s very common that when an organic food brand is acquired, that the new parent corporation reduces its commitment to organic ingredients and seeks out cheaper substitutes.
Checking the fine print on packaging can help consumers assess how many of the ingredients remain organic even after a company take over.
What can you do to help?
1.Don’t buy from these organic food companies.
We vote with our dollars. (see a full list of companies to avoid here here)
To view this graph larger, right click on the picture and save to your computer. (Graph from www.GlobalResearch.ca)
2.You can view scorecards for the best and worst companies to buy from here.
For eggs http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/
For cereal http://cornucopia.org/cereal-scorecard/
For dairy http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
For baby food and baby formula http://www.cornucopia.org/dha-guide/
You can find more reports here http://www.cornucopia.org/ .
3. Sign as many petitions as you can to protect organic food companies.
You can start by signing this one. http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/02/moses-board-petition/
4. Share this information with everyone you know!