We no longer trust these imports for pets
They have no place in organics
The report, Beyond the Bean: The Heroes and Charlatans of the Natural and Organic Soy Foods Industry, and an accompanying scorecard rating organic brands, separates industry heroes -- who have gone out of their way to connect with domestic farmers -- from agribusinesses exploiting consumer trust.
"Importing Chinese soybeans or contributing to the loss of rain forests by shipping in commodities from
Through a nationwide survey of the industry, onsite farm, and processor visits, plus reviews of import data,
"The report's good news is that consumers can easily find, normally without paying any premium, organic soy foods that truly meet their expectations," said
One company that had an excellent opportunity to meet consumer expectations by supporting the growth of organic acreage in
"White Wave (Dean's marketing division for Silk and Horizon organic milk) had the opportunity to push organic and sustainable agriculture to incredible heights of production by working with North American farmers and traders to get more land in organic production, but what they did was pit cheap foreign soybeans against the U.S. organic farmer, taking away any attraction for conventional farmers to make the move into sustainable agriculture," said
Dean has now quietly abandoned organic soybeans in most of the Silk product line, switching to even cheaper conventional soybeans without lowering consumer pricing.
Meanwhile, highly committed companies like Eden Foods, Small Planet Tofu, and Vermont Soy work directly with North American organic farmers.
"We hope consumers will use
Behind the Bean also exposes the natural soy industry's "dirty little secret": its widespread use of the toxic solvent hexane. Conventional soybeans are bathed in hexane by food processors seeking to separate soy oil from the protein and fiber of the beans. It is banned in organics. Hexane, a neurotoxic chemical, poses serious occupational hazards to workers, is an environmental air pollutant, and can contaminate food.
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SOURCE The Cornucopia Institute