• Bad Eggs

    With the hype of “natural” produce, not only pseudoscience has seen an oportunity to make it’s way into the collective imaginery; it’s also been a good bussiness for ‘organic’ merchants.

    Now, Germany is investigating over 200 ‘organic’ farms for fraud:

    Authorities in Germany said on Monday a probe had been launched into farms suspected of selling eggs as “organic” but not adhering to the conditions required for the label.

    Prosecutors in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony are “investigating establishments that are suspected to have fraudulently sold organic and free-range eggs,” a consumer affairs ministry spokesman told reporters.

    Some 150 farms in the state and 50 elsewhere in Germany are under suspicion of not giving their chickens sufficient space to be able to claim they are selling “organic” produce, newsweekly Spiegel reported.

    “If these accusations are confirmed, then we are talking about fraud on a grand scale,” said Eichele.

    Yeah… these guys aren’t looking out for your health or the Earth, for that matter. That’s a fable! They have a business to run, based on misconceptions of regular people who think they’re eating healthier or Earth-friendly when they’re doing neither.

    They’re just paying extra money for more hazardous food. That’s it.

    By the way, why do they get to call their food ‘organic’? It’s not like we’re eating rocks or something!

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    Article by: Ðavid A. Osorio S

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    • SmilodonsRetreat

      What’s fascinating is that certain toxic compounds (copper sulfate for example) are allowed as ‘pesticides’ for organic formers. This is something that is definitely toxic for all organisms, unlike commercial pesticides that are generally much more targeted.

      • “Upon acute oral exposure, copper sulfate is only moderately toxic.[23] According to studies, the lowest dose of copper sulfate that had a toxic impact on humans is 11 mg/kg.”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper%28II%29_sulfate11mg/kg is about

        Copper sulfate is still used in low dosage for treatment of dug outs for domestic water.

        http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/dugout_treatment

        Has nothing to do with organic farming.

        • SmilodonsRetreat

          And it’s still toxic to humans, unlike commercial pesticides (forbidden by organic standards in the US) which are not toxic to humans.

          • Peter

            Everything is toxic, depending the dosage….Paracelsus Bombastus etc…

            I also have yet to find a algecide that does what copper sulfate does..

            for other applications – you are right. And I love roundup…I couldn’t keep my two-hundred fifty foot long gravel driveway weed free without it.

      • Yes, I still can’t wrap my head around that!

    • Peter

      There is however a difference between chickens held “species appropriate” with areas to roam around and a cage held chicken that has no room to move.

      We have had for years laying hens, and sold the eggs. Our chicken were not free ranging, but had available about 4 sq’ room to move and laying boxes. We fed garden waste mainly and grains from farmers close by who we knew did not use to spray their crop.
      Our eggs were a favourite with the restaurant and the private customers we sold to, fresh and very tasty.
      We sold our eggs at 30% premium compared to the super market.

      We still get asked why we stopped to produce eggs years after – there simply is no money in it unless you cage chicken and feed them cheaply produced food, you are tied up always, and the amount of work to clean barns on a weekly basis is tremendous.

      We still produce our own chicken for meet, between 25 – 50 each year. Still a lot of work, but we know what they get fed (no hormones here) and how they are treated.

      • But is it an organic farm, that of yours?