Disappointing, but true, just because the label says “Organic” doesn’t make it so.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has joined with certified organic personal care brands Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Intelligent Tutrients, and Organic Essence to file a complaint with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) requesting an investigation into the widespread and blatantly deceptive labeling practices of many leading so-called “Organic” personal care brains in violation of USDA NOP regulations.

It makes sense to support the USDA certified organic health and beauty products which are listed on the OCA site.

And you can check where your brand stands on a spreadsheet prepared by OCA. Some of the problem brands include: Jason, Natural and ORganic, Avalon Organics, Kiss My Face, Obsessively Organic, Nature’s Gate Organics, Stella McCartney 100% organic, Giovanni, Head Organics, Eminence Organic, Physicians Formula Organic Wear, Good Stuff Organics, Desert Essence Organics and products certified by ECOCERT.

My solution? Make your own. Recipes to follow this week!


A recent poll reveals that 69 percent of Canadian wheat farmers are opposed to “franken-wheat” given the fact that it’s banned in Europe, and most U.S. consumers don’t want it. As a result, the biotech industry is attempting to shift public perception by inundating the press with genetically engineered misinformation. In an article in Organic Consumer’s Association, Honor Schauland takes a humorous, sort of, look at the misguiding information being put forward by the GM wheat industry. 

In his article, Schauland takes a look at the approach the industry is taking- basically to show the consumer the benenfits of GM foods. There are no benefits to show, so there is going to be some tall tales coming up. There is no nutritional benefit nor is it cheaper. He quotes Monty Python’s spoof  for Crelm Toothpaste. Crelm Toothpaste with the miracle ingredient, frauduline. Next…

He quotes a Reuter’s article where someone mentions engineering wheat that is friendly to Celiacs. Stranger than truth- the engineering in the past has been about pests and pesticides. Now they are talking celiac disease? 

Read his article.

If any of this raises your blood pressure in the least, you can also sign an online petition: OrganicConsumers.org