ANY schoolchild could tell Tom Edmands of Gosnells (‘Organic’ industry is a complete con, Western View, January 24) that “organic” refers to food that has been certified by an appropriate body, as being produced under specified conditions.
Since he raises the question of carrots, studies were conducted in the United States comparing the nutrient content of carrots grown in rich healthy soil, with those grown in sandy depleted soils.
The differences were so marked that the United States Department of Agriculture released a statement, ruling that “all carrots are equal” so that carrots from any source could not be identified as better or worse than any others.
This conveniently also “proved” that organically grown carrots grown in enriched soils were identical to commercial carrots grown in depleted soils and could not be marketed as healthier.
If there is a con, it is the marketers of factory food claiming that their food is identical to certified organic food.