From: Icicle Networks
Published November 15, 2005 12:00 AM

On Beyond Organic: Organics Under Attack?

If you eat organic food, you’ll want to listen to this week’s show.

The question: are organic standards - and the process which guides their evolution - being undermined by corporate greed or are those same standards being protected to promote booming growth that benefits farmers and consumers?

It’s a complex issue which has organizations traditionally allied in an “Us v. Them” argument.

The debate stems from a single lawsuit and subsequent legal actions primarily over the use of synthetic ingredients ”“ such as baking soda and carbon dioxide - in food processing.


“Synthetics are really a proxy for a bigger question about the future of the organic food industry,” says Samuel Fromartz, journalist and author of the upcoming book, Organic, Inc. “For if you ban synthetics, you ban big food and organic remains a pristine, pure niche.”

On this week’s show, host Jerry Kay facilitates a conversation between the Organic Consumers Association and the Organic Trade Association, two leading organic advocates who are taking very different stances in this contentious debate.

The Beyond Organic one-hour radio show airs every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (PST), reaching thousands of listeners across North America via traditional radio stations, satellite radio, webcasting and podcasting. Shorter segments are rebroadcast on the CBS Radio Network and Armed Forces Radio. For information on this week's guests and to tune in, visit You can also listen at and

The show was created by Straus Communications, and is produced in association with Icicle Networks and the Environmental News Network.

Source: Icicle Networks

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