Marion Nestle disembowels “organic is elitist” argument
Three cheers for Marion!: At the end of her column, nutritionist Marion Nestle provides a fabulously steely answer to a reader's question, "Aren't organics elitist? People can't buy organic foods if they aren't available at an affordable price." High prices aren't organic producers' fault, she says: they're the result of a corrupt system of subsidies, "federally administered marketing programs and from cozy relationships with congressional committees and the USDA.…If we want elected representatives to care more about public health than corporate health, let's work to remove the corruption from election campaign contributions. If Congress were less beholden to corporations, we might be able to create a system that paid farmers and farm workers decently and sold organic foods at prices that everyone could afford." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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