02 Jun '12, 1am

Food Labels Lie: Over the last few decades, consumers have become aware of corrupt practices in the food supply

Food Labels Lie: Over the last few decades, consumers have become aware of corrupt practices in the food supply

You’re at the store. It’s been a long day, but it’s almost over. You just need to track down some food that wasn’t grown in a chemical bath or harvested by exploited workers. Thank goodness for labels: fair trade, organic, natural, responsible. These things mean something, right? Well … sometimes. Let’s start with the good news. Over the last few decades, consumers have become aware of corrupt practices in the food supply system and, in their effort to avoid supporting these practices, have fundamentally altered the marketplace. As of 2010, organic food was a $26.7 billion industry . In 2011, fair trade accounted for a lower but still significant share at $1.2 billion . Ethical marketing campaigns have proven so effective that major corporations want in on some of the profits. Such demand could have created a positive transformation in the food industry. Imagine a world wh...

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