The organic movement to promote and expand the market for eating organic, fair trade, union made and locally produced food and products may not seem to be much of a threat to the powers that be. After all, what possible threat can the creation of new healthy products and market opportunities be to the capitalist system?
However, make no mistake, the organic movement IS a revolutionary movement. It is a revolutionary movement, because it is working to undermine and eventually replace a rich, powerful, and politically connected industry based upon life-threatening chemicals and GMOs, and exploitation of farm and food workers. America’s chemical-industrial Food Inc. poses major threats to workers’ rights, public health, the environment, and the climate.
If everyone opted to buy – or produce themselves – only organic, fair trade, union made and locally produced agricultural products, Food Inc. would soon be out of business. The organic means of food and fiber production and consumption would be in our hands.
The organic revolution is the ultimate consumer boycott. Once we move past the tipping point, U.S. agricultural production and household nutrition will be radically transformed. Monsanto and Corporate Agribusiness will no longer be able to poison the water and the air and pollute the atmosphere. Organic production methods will clean the water, air, soil, and our bodies and sequester billions of tons of climate-destabilizing CO2 from the atmosphere. Safe, healthy, nutritious organic foods will become the norm while junk foods will gradually disappear. Millions of farm and food production workers, routinely exploited in our profit-at-any-cost food and farming system, will be empowered and liberated.
When the organic revolution is complete worldwide, we’ll have a stable climate, a clean, healthy environment, economic self-sufficiency, food security and good-health for all. And of course following the Via Organica, the organic way, we will conserve precious resources including fossil fuels, water, and land, and thereby eliminate the root cause of resource wars, finally giving “peace a chance” in the world. That’s what the organic revolution is all about.
One of the biggest threats to the success of the organic revolution are greenwashed businesses in the food industry that garnered the public’s trust by being the first to support organic, but are now abusing that trust by backsliding on their commitment to the revolution.
Companies like Monsanto and Wal-Mart are the worst enemies of the organic movement. But, our movement also has plenty of Janus-like “friend/enemies,” companies like Whole Foods, Horizon, and UNFI that on one hand have given the organic community the market clout to reach the mainstream, but on the other hand have begun to put profits before principle, gradually selling mostly conventional food, disguised and premium-priced as natural. Don’t be fooled by “natural” foods that are not organic. The so called “natural” foods often contain GMO’s and other non-organic ingredients. Skip the “natural” foods and go with organic. Every choice you make has the potential to change the world for the better.