WHEN IS ORGANIC NOT ORGANIC? WHEN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED AND ALLOWS CRONY CAPITALISTS TO CONTROL AND RUIN EVERYTHING THAT'S GOOD AND PURE IS THE ANSWER.
What's the matter with these people? Are they insane? There is a huge dust-up about the term organic, as in organic food. Lots of major "food" corporations want to cash in and have been cashing in. They want to be labeled organic. Rather than become organic though, they push for organic to be defined away. They push for non-organic to be labeled organic. They push for synthetics to be labeled organic. Look, if you want to become organic, then become organic. Organic is purely organic. There is no 99% organic that is 100% organic. If they want to sell stuff that isn't completely organic, then label it as partially organic. Label the ingredients that aren't organic as what they are: synthetic. If the complete product is 99% organic, then say so. If the 1% that is non-organic is pure poison, then ban it. If it's questionable, then ban it. If it has been shown to be highly likely harmless, then it will be up to those who dissent to publicize their dissenting opinions, which should not be censored under any circumstances unless they are not based upon facts and are maliciously intended to destroy legitimate enterprises (mundanely legitimate).
Right now, food that is only 95% organic is labeled organic. That's evil. That's lying. That's making it impossible for consumers to choose purely organic foods without having to do huge independent research. That was never intended by the people who invented the concept of organic foods — the "health food nuts." It is those people who came up with the whole industry who should have been the arbiters. Too bad so many of them sold out to the devil: the huge food corporations that bought them up and then turned organics into 5% synthetics. What a rip off. I hate capitalism.
This is like saying your a Christian but you only believe in Jesus 95%.
(See: "Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned," by Kimberly Kindy and Lyndsey Layton. Washington Post. July 3, 2009.)
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- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)