When you see the word "organic" on your food, you assume it's healthier and not made with scary chemicals. As this video explains, neither of those are totally safe assumptions.
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As the controversy over just what constitutes free-range eggs continues, Woolworths has announced plans to eliminate all caged egg brands from its stores by 2018. How will that affect what you pay?
Dear Lifehacker, I have been buying Aldi's 'Just Organic' Butter, but on closely reading the label the ingredients don't seem to be specifically organic based on the ingredients list. 'Just Organic' seems to be just the branding. How can we be certain that this isn't misleading packaging yet again? Thanks, Butter Madness
Consumers are increasingly concerned about how farm animals are kept, raised, transported and slaughtered. Most people show their concern by buying "ethical" farm products, such as free-range eggs and organic meats. Consumers should not have to undertake extensive research to get a general idea of where their food comes from, but can they trust -- or even understand -- product labelling?
There's plenty to like about organic food: it usually tastes better and it lowers your exposure to pesticides. However, if you think it's actually better for you in a strict nutritional sense, you're wrong. A new scientific study reminds us of what common sense already tells us: in terms of nutritional composition, there is no difference between "organic" food and the common-and-not-your garden stuff.
It's a simple rule: if you imply that your poultry is raised outdoors in a relatively happy free-range lifestyle, it doesn't look good if they turn out to live their entire short lives in indoor sheds. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking one supplier to court for describing its ducks as "open range" and "grown nature's way" while raising them entirely indoors.