From the Washington Post:
Inside a South Carolina factory, in industrial vats that stand five stories high, batches of algae are carefully tended, kept warm and fed corn syrup. There the algae, known as Schizochytrium, multiply quickly. The payoff, which comes after processing, is a substance that resembles corn oil. It tastes faintly fishy.
Marketed as a nutritional enhancement, the oil is added to millions of cartons of organic milk from Horizon, one of the nation’s largest organic brands. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, the oil allows Horizon to advertise health benefits and charge a higher price.
Comment: When consumer buy organic products, they are likely doing so because they want food that is free of additives, chemicals, and other laboratory experiments. Unfortunately, Big Food, as we’ve argued for many years, uses the government’s “organic” program to take advantage of the premium that organic foods bring while lowering the threshold of what can carry the “organic” label. With Big Food’s coopting of the organic program, and the flood of fake organic grains into the US, can we really trust the integrity of the USDA’s organic seal any more?