“Organic Oreos are not a health food. When Coca-Cola begins selling organic Coke, as it surely will, the company will have struck a blow for the environment perhaps, but not for our health. Most consumers automatically assume that the word “organic” is synomymous with health, but it makes no difference to your insulin metabolism if the high-fructose corn syrup in your soda is organic.”– Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
By RICHARD SMITH
RIO RANCHO, NM – As a human origins activist and civil rights advocate, I know that history always repeats itself for those who do not learn from it. As both my mother and grandmother would say, “What you put out there comes back to you ten-fold, what goes around comes around.” So, it pains me to see the intentionally misleading marketing lingo that has been repeating itself over and over in our local grocery stores ever since the hostile corporate takeovers of the Eighties.
The hyped repetition I refer to comes in the form of nonlegal food terms we see gracing the packaging labels on our weekly shopping lists. Such terms include buzzwords and catchphrases like dietary, low fat, organic, sugar free, healthy, enriched, all natural, artificial flavors and natural flavors, to name a few. Did you ever consider whether or not these advertised terms were ever really held accountable to their allegedly implied definitions? Do they actually carry any legal definition or standing in a court of law? What exactly is a natural flavor when we already know that the word flavor is synonymous with the word artificial? On that note, how can you possibly have an artificial flavor when the word flavor is already implying artificiality in the first place? It’s like someone saying King Tut when you already know the Egyptian term Tut means King to begin with. The flaunted redundant idiocy in the phrase artificial flavor is appalling.
Let’s go one step further. What, if any, is the legal definition of that infamous phrase ‘all natural’? You’ll never find one because it doesn’t exist. That which is labeled as ‘all natural’ could easily be characterized as anything from high fructose corn syrup to toxic pesticides, and everything in between. Nowadays, processed foods get away with being marketed as all natural right alongside salt of the earth produce.
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This article was originally published in the July/August 2019 edition of Truly Alive Magazine.
About Richard Smith: Futurist, author, speaker, human origins advocate and husband. CEO & Co-Founder, The Human Origins Foundation. Executive Committee member, New Mexico UFO and Paranormal Forum. Latest book: The Moor, the Mason and the Alien Part II: A Vril Manifesto. Visit Richard Smith online at ufoteacher.com. Find him @ufoteacher on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as many other social media venues online. This is Richard Smith’s official blog, which you can subscribe to at ufoteacher.wordpress.com.