>OFPA defines appropriate "processing" practices: "The term
>"processing" means cooking, baking, heating, drying, mixing,
>grinding, churning, separating, extracting, cutting, fermenting,
>eviscerating, preserving, dehydrating, freezing, or otherwise
>manufacturing, and includes the packaging, canning, jarring, or
>otherwise enclosing food in a container."
>We note the definition does not include a catch all phrase like
>"and other (un-described) food manufacturing and processes."
whoever may be "we": i would certainly call "otherwise
manufacturing" a "catch- all".
the question may be as old as the moon, but do you think the word
"organic" really to be the right word to explain to consumers the
philosophy behind ?
>"We believe that "retaining the integrity"
there we have ONE possibility : "integrated" for example would be
much more comprehensive. but i guess, it would be too late for a
name change. people already have a (more or less vague) image of
"organic" farming. and if i were an "organic" farmer, i would not
vote for a cementing and fixing terms up to the extreme, like here:
>As soon as food produced on organic farms loses its original
>wholeness and complexity or is combined with other ingredients
>that were not produced on such farms, then such food should no
>longer be called "organic."
consumers would not understand the fine difference between
"organic" and "made with organic ingredients" and i guess, you would
never be able to define the term "wholeness" nor make a difference
between a "complex food" and a "less complex one". so sooner or
later you would run in difficulties in a discussion with the
consumer. result: you would end up with the same result as with no
exactly fixed definition of "organic". though consumers only have
a vague image of the term, they know very well, what they would
accept and what not. example: i know an organic farm only some
miles away from here, who would fulfill EVERY condition for
certification (and in fact is certified), but the owner keeps his
cows under such dirty conditions in the stable, that, once i had
seen this, i would never in my lifetime buy anything from him. and
i guess, i'm not so much different from others in my common sense
and my dignity for animals. and that is, what consumers are
rewarding, when they buy "organic".
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