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What Do You Know About Organic Foods?

July 11, 2012

Although the early companies that specialized in organic foods were considered to be  risky business ventures, big business has recognized that the consumer interest in foods labeled “organic” is profitable.  Many of the small companies have been purchased by the large corporations which now dominate the organic food industry.So it is time to check on if you have kept up on the growth of the organic industry. 

1)       What percentage of families purchases organic foods?

a)      9

b)      39

c)       56

d)      78

2)      Which company is not affiliated with a large corporation?

a)      Amy’s Kitchen

b)      Kashi

c)       Bear Naked

d)      Muir Glen

3)      How many nonorganic substances have been approved as organic foods by the National Organic Standards Board?

a)      77

b)      100

c)       250

d)       575

4)      Which of the following companies are owned by Pepsico?

a)      Honest Tea

b)      Naked Juice

c)       Snapple

d)       Odwalla

5)      What is the total dollar figure of organic sales, including food and nonfood products, in the U.S.?

a)      $28 million

b)      $164 million

c)       $28 billion

d)      $164 billion

6)      Which of the following organic items has the least amount of pesticides?

a)      Onions

b)      Celery

c)       Spinach

d)      green beans

7)      Which juice maker was linked to a deadly E-coli outbreak?

a)      Naked Juice

b)      Odwalla

c)       Tropicana

d)       Santa Cruz

Okay, time for answers……

How many did you get right?

0 to 2- You are a newbie to how the organic industry has “grown up”

3: You know a bit about the organic industry, but still have a lot to learn

4+ you know a lot about the organic industry

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2012 8:22 am

    Great information! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • July 11, 2012 9:00 am

      The issue with the large corporations owning so much of the organic products now showed up at the recent meeting setting standards of what is allowed in organic foods. Profits are beginning to drive the decision making.

  2. July 11, 2012 4:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m afraid I’ve been a skeptic about organic foods for a long time now. The label “organic” has become a cliche for me – no meaning.

    • July 12, 2012 5:22 am

      It seems that big business is making changes to policy that may be diminishing some value, but where you can’t buy local food where you can easily learn how it was produced, organic food may provide a better alternative to foods produced conventionally.

      • July 12, 2012 5:42 am

        OK – I’ll keep that in mind. It seems our grocery stores around here that have the organic produce are the big Market Districts (Giant Eagle) and they are so expensive.

      • July 12, 2012 5:52 am

        Check out http://www.localharvest.org/ to find local food sources near you

  3. July 11, 2012 4:28 pm

    I think the best bet is still to buy as much locally as possible and know your source.

    • July 12, 2012 5:20 am

      The “Know Your Farmer” adage makes a lot of sense! It is a concept that was pretty new to me but what we eat has a long term effect on our health. Why not know how our food is produced?

  4. July 15, 2012 5:47 pm

    Thanks for posting. I’m hopelessly ignorant. (on this topic, anyway)

  5. July 17, 2012 3:28 pm

    Remember: Food doesn’t come from stores.

    • July 17, 2012 3:43 pm

      A lot of people think it does…they have no real idea of the source.

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