When farmers market is not in season and I can’t buy loose organic greens from my favorite farmer Little Seed Garden, I buy packaged ones from Earth Bound Farms. Yes, it’s not the best option but when I want organic greens in dead of winter, I rather buy them from a reputable farm than loose ones that I don’t know where they came from.
Then I learned end of last year, Earth Bound Farms was bought out by White Wave, an anti-GMO labeling supporter who used its profits to oppose WA state’s GMO labeling initiative. This is unfortunate since I loved Earth Bound Farms greens in winter. But now, I’m not sure if I’d buy Earth Bound Farms products.
And last week, we learned that Coca Cola bought 10% of Green Mountain Coffee – one of my favorite ‘green’ coffee brand, in an attempt to get to Keurig, (owned by Green Mountain Coffee) which will start selling refillable soda products, like Soda Stream. I’m confused as to whether I should buy Green Mountain coffee now too.
It’s bad enough that I have to read labels when I shop; now I have to decipher which big corp’s big fat wallet I’d be supporting if I bought lettuce or coffee? It’s so confusing to eat these days.
According to Cornucopia,
in 1995, there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the United States. A decade later, Big Food had gobbled up all but 15 of them.
It’s a great business move for small independent organic companies to sell to big corp’s for wider distribution and better profits but where do you draw the line? And sadly, most of the companies are processed junk food companies! Do we give them credit for supporting organic food industry and making it available for more people, even if they are in it for their own profit?
I just don’t know.
Who Owns that Organic Lettuce in Your Fridge
Do YOU know? Click the image below to enlarge and find out.
Thanks Cornucopia.Org for the heads up.