40% of ALL Organic Food Tested Positive for “Prohibited Pesticides”
by Susan Price, TLB Contributing Writer/Analyst
Consumers are demanding more and more fresh healthy food than ever before. In 2018, the organic food industry grew exponentially as people are using healthy food to combat both illnesses and other related health concerns. Americans eat organically because it does not normally contain the toxins and harmful elements that contribute to health risks, yet life begins in the seed and if the seeds are genetically modified and patented, the market on how humans eat is controlled by the 1% who live their life by a demonstrative agenda. Pay attention people⏤it gets interesting.
Weaponized Food is not limited to only fraudulent global suppliers, it’s grown here in the United States, and the USDA may act clueless, yet you can be sure, this alphabet soup group is equally complacent.
We are witnessing the CONTROL of our food, water, air and all basic essentials to a healthy lifestyle.
Organic food has always been popular, for eons of time people ate from home grown gardens, yet in the 1970’s a growing trend made it more commercialized. Farmers formed allies with state and regional standards to Certify Organic Food which meant the growers followed a set of moral standards and practices. By the 1990’s, these standards began to differ from certifier to certifier.
Through the development of the USDA National Organic Standard, the trends of corporate involvement began to accelerate, transforming the practices of organic growing all together.
The Organics have undergone a complete transformation from a movement to a $20 billion a year industry in the United States. Through the changes in control and ownership of food seeds along with the federal organic standards, we can begin to see a timeframe of about the late 1990’s as the US Department of Agriculture changed its state and regional standards. Many changes were well hidden, as the trend to transnational corporations grew⏤while very few organic brands resisted enormous buyout offers, remaining independent.
Who Really Owns The Organic Food Industry and Why is 40% of ALL Organic Food Tested Positive for “Prohibited Pesticides”?
The Weaponization of our food source began during the “seed form” as life begins in the seed. Just shortly after 1998, the transformation process of patented genetically engineered seeds were commercialized involving nearly 400 ownership changes from that time frame to present.
There are four companies who control over 60% of the global proprietary seed sales who have entered into a number of agreements to share patented and genetically engineered seed traits with each other…
…such as herbicide tolerance and expression of insecticidal toxins. They are: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont, Chemchina, formally Syngenta and BASF.
China has two seed firms ranked in the top ten global sales. ChemChina and Longping High-Tech.
“The level of deception in the organic industry has reached epidemic proportions: a USDA study found that 40% of all organic food sold in the US tested positive for prohibited pesticides”.
According to the Cornucopia Institute, Dr. Phil Howard updates his popular infographic on the organic food industry.
“The latest version of Who Owns Organics has been released by Dr. Phil Howard, an Assistant Professor at Michigan State. Dr. Howard teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program. The latest update now includes the top 100 food processors in North America.
According to Dr. Howard, acquisitions and changes in the organic industry have been picking up this year. Hain Celestial has acquired Ella’s Kitchen, and Danone acquiring Happy Family just this month. And Hain Celestial’s CEO stated earlier this year that they intend to acquire several more firms in the range of $25 to $30 million.
Furthermore, notes Dr. Howard, Boulder Brands ( which is not a top 100 firm, but is publicly traded, and owns the brands Earth Balance and Udi’s), announced this year that they plan to invest in more natural and organic food companies.
The first wave of acquisitions of organic processors was concentrated between December, 1997 and October, 2002. This period coincides with the initial release of the draft USDA organic standards and its full implementation in October, 2002. A second wave of acquisitions in the organic sector has been occurring since 2012. Surprisingly few major corporate agribusinesses note ownership ties on their acquisitions’ product labels.
Dr. Phil Howard, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State and author of the infographic above, has identified some significant updates to his Who Owns Organic Chart, including:
December 2018: Nestle-Osem divested Tribe (sold to Lakeview Farms)
November 2018: Kraft Heinz acquired Primal Kitchen for $200M
September 2018: Kraft Heinz acquired Ethical Bean Coffee
June 2018: Tyson acquired Tecumseh Poultry/Smart Chicken; ConAgra acquired Pinnacle Foods (Earth Balance/Udi’s/Evol) for $10.9B
May 2018: Pepsi acquired Bare Foods
February 2018: Danone’s venture division invested in Harmless Harvest coconut water; Nestlé acquired majority stake in Terrafertil/Nature’s Heart
December 2017: Campbell Soup Co. acquired Snyder’s-Lance for $4.87B
November 2017: Unilever acquired Tazo Tea (from Starbucks) for $384M; Nestlé acquired Chameleon Cold-Brew
September 2017: Nestlé acquired Sweet Earth and a 68% stake in Blue Bottle Coffee; B&G acquired Back to Nature (from Brynwood Partners and Mondelēz) for $162.5M; Unilever acquired Pukka Herbs
July 2017: Lactalis announced it would acquire Stonyfield from Danone for $875 M; Campbell Soup Co. acquired Pacific Foods for $700 M; AB InBev acquired Hiball
June 2017: Dean Foods acquired Uncle Matt’s Organic
Dean Foods acquired minority stake in Good Karma
April 2017: Unilever acquired Sir Kensington’s
February 2017: Maple Leaf Foods (#43) acquired Lightlife Foods from Brynwood Partners
December 2016: B&G Foods (#95) acquired Victoria Fine Foods
November 2016: Pilgrim’s Pride (#18, but 76% owned by #4 JBS) acquired The GNP Company (Just BARE chicken) for $350 M; Dean Foods and Organic Valley form a 50/50 joint venture; Pepsi acquired KeVita; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group acquired Bai for $1.7 B
July 2016: Danone announced it would acquire WhiteWave for $12.5 B. Deal completed with the condition that Stonyfield be sold in April 2017
June 2016: Coca-Cola acquired minority stake in Aloe Gloe; Kellogg acquired Pure Organic
May 2016: Hormel acquired Justin’s (nut butters) for $286 M
March 2016: Pulmuone acquired Vitasoy/Nasoya for $50 M
General Mills investments via its “301 Inc.” venture capital arm include the following: $1.25 M in Tio Gazpacho in March 2016, $2.1 M in Good Culture in March 2016 (+$3 M in September 2016), $18M in Kite Hill in May 2016, additional $6 M in Rhythm Superfoods in January 2017, $6.5 M in Farmhouse Culture in March 2017, and $3 M in Purely Elizabeth in April 2017
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