Major organic foods producer and wholesaler Michael J. Potter (Eden Foods) recently voiced his objection to allowing carrageenan — which has a long history of significant links to different types of cancer and acute-inflammatory responses — before the National Organic Standards Board.
The board ended up voting 10 to 5 to keep carrageenan on the growing list of nonorganic ingredients that can be used in products with the coveted “certified organic” label.
Why would the board vote 10 to 5 to keep carrageenan? Strom says it’s because BIG FOOD has assumed a powerful role in setting the standards for organic foods. Major corporations have come to dominate the board that sets these standards.
“The board is stacked,” Potter says. “Either they don’t have a clue, or their interest in making money is more important than their interest in maintaining the integrity of organics.”
He calls the certified-organic label a fraud and refuses to put it on Eden’s products.