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For those of you who read my previous post “China’s Pollution Story”, this article is a follow up to that posted by Mike Adams, owner of Natural News.  This company is my GO TO COMPANY for most of my supplements, superfoods, household products etc.  I love what Mike is doing for the industry….trying to do his best for his company and his customers.  Mike uses the products himself so he is adamant about the quality and itegrity of the company producing the products.  I respect his opinion and I support him in his endeavor to reveal the “dirty little secrets” rampant in the health industry as with all industries in this society today.  It is all about the money these days.  Nothing about the consumers who put the money in their pockets.  Nobody seems to care about the consumer BUT MIKE ADAMS DOES.  Kudos to you Mike.  Keep on doing what you are doing.  I will do my best to spread the word about your great company and your goal to expose the bad stuff!

The beginning of this article is a portion of a letter Mike received after exposing the pollution in China and how it reflects here in North America.

Article starts here:

(NaturalNews) “Dear Mr. Adams, there are things we don’t talk about in the  natural products industry…” Such began a message sent to me by the founder of  a nutritional products company. It was sent in reaction to my posting of my “organic  China fraud” article that questioned the legitimacy of organic certification  for foods and superfoods grown in China.

This article has sent shockwaves  through the natural products industry, an industry that has its own “dirty  little secrets” that no one dare talk about.

For over a decade, I  passionately promoted this industry, advocating superfoods like chlorella and  spirulina, all while companies selling the products raked in hundreds of  millions dollars in profit off the publicity we helped generate here at Natural News. I helped educate tens of  millions of people about superfoods, micro-algae, nutritional supplements and  natural cures, and all the while, I never made a single dollar on this editorial  promotion of the industry. (And I was happy with that. This was never about  profit.)

Natural News helped make millionaires by promoting their  products and publicizing their names. We helped publicize companies that were  later sold off for tens of millions of dollars. And we did it gladly, happily,  believing that we were advocating the healthiest, cleanest foods on Earth for  our readers.

And then something appeared on my radar. In late 2012, I  oversaw the process of getting organically certified for packing and handling  organic food. I helped source organic raw materials to be offered in the Natural News Store. And in this process,  I was shocked to discover that organic standards utterly lack any limits on  heavy metals contamination of “organic” products.

It’s true: A product  can be USDA certified organic and still be heavily contaminated with mercury.  Don’t believe me? Check around. It’s the truth. (Virtually no one knows this,  and nobody talks about it. Even I didn’t know this until recently.)

But  the real kicker is when I learned that a huge portion of “organic” foods,  superfoods and raw materials are sourced from China. Why does this matter?  Because as we  showed in our previous article, China is arguably the worst-polluted  country on the planet that’s producing a large quantity of “organic”  products.

And as we found out in laboratory tests on one  particular superfood (chlorella), the “organic” product coming out of China  that we tested had nearly ten times the contamination of the “organic” product  from Taiwan. And the cleanest product we tested wasn’t certified organic at  all.

Hidden GMO flow agents in conventional products from China

In the  process of sourcing raw materials such as freeze-dried fruit powders, we also  learned — shockingly — that the vast majority of conventional fruit and  vegetable powders coming out of China are cut with hidden flow agents  which aren’t even listed on the label. The No. 1 flow agent? Maltodextrin  derived from genetically modified corn.

Some people are telling me that I  shouldn’t be talking about these things publicly. These “secrets” of the  industry are what allow everybody to make money, and if I want to make money, I  was told, I should essentially “shut up” and play along with the rest of the  industry. Keep selling “organic” products grown in China and laced with heavy  metals. Don’t talk about hidden flow agents from GM corn. Don’t talk about the  fact that the USDA organic certification process allows essentially unlimited  levels of mercury contamination. I’m supposed to shut up and stop making  waves.

Well shame on the rest of you for knowing all this and covering it  up. The public has a right to know the truth about what they’re eating. Wasn’t  that the whole point of the GMO labeling campaign in California? We have the  right to know?

I think we have the right to know what’s in certified organic  products.

I believe we have the right to know. And if that makes me  unpopular across certain segments of the natural products industry, then so be  it. If it means I don’t make much money because I can’t buy super-cheap  “organic” products from China and mark them up 600% at retail, then so be it.  I’d much rather tell the truth and raise awareness than play along with a  insider secrets that only serve the industry, not the customer. I’d rather sell  NOTHING than sell something containing unacceptably high levels of metals and  other contaminants.

(And, for the record, EVERYTHING is contaminated at  some level. Everything has at least part per billion of mercury in it. Nearly  all food contains aluminum, even up to 190ppm. There is no such thing as 100%  free of all contaminants. This is a question of the LEVELS of contaminants. How  can we minimize these things?)

I’m in good company with these concerns,  by the way: other companies like Nature’s Path are far more concerned with  integrity and quality than pure profit. That’s the category we’re in here at  Natural News: If we can’t offer something that’s the cleanest available, I won’t  offer it at all.

And when I see deception in the industry, YES, I’m  going to write about it. I’m not covering up for other people’s dirty  laundry. I’m not “playing ball” with a big cover-up. If I see something fishy in  the industry, I’m going to write about it. More importantly (see below), I’m  going to push for the industry to clean up its actand improve its  transparency so that customers know what they’re eating. If I don’t do it, it’s  only a matter of time before the mainstream media covers it in a far more  destructive investigative report.

Organic from China hurts U.S. and Canadian organic farmers

Another big  angle on all this that nobody seems to want to acknowledge is that North  American organic growers have been economically decimated by cheap,  frequently-contaminated “organic” food production in China.

A typical  U.S. farmer is buried under regulatory compliance. They have to fill out  seemingly endless piles of paperwork for the FDA and the EPA. They can’t simply  bribe their way out of this like you can in China. In the USA and Canada, you  actually have to comply.

For those reasons, organic foods, superfoods  and supplements grown in the USA are 300% – 400% more expensive than those  produced in China. When natural produce formulators in the USA buy raw  ingredients from China instead of from U.S. farmers, they shift agricultural  jobs to China and hurt U.S. and Canadian farmers by putting them out of  business.

No wonder I received so many words of thanks from U.S. organic  farmers after they read my previous article. One of them said, “We hope your  article encourages more people to consider sourcing organic materials  domestically.” And that’s exactly the point. While the USA isn’t perfect and  still has its own environmental pollution problems, it is orders of magnitude cleaner than China, where the environment has been turned into a national  toilet where all the factories flush their chemicals, pesticides and metals.  Remember: Rivers in China are so polluted that you would DIE if you swam in  them.

Environmental regulations are far more strictly enforced in the  USA, Canada and across most of Europe. Plus, corruption is much more difficult  in these countries: You can’t easily bribe regulators to ignore your pollution.  But in China, bribing regulators is routine. It’s a cultural habit. That’s how  big polluters keep on polluting. It’s why 90%  of the groundwater in China’s cities is toxic, and it’s why 40% of the  country’s rivers are “seriously polluted.”

So an organic product produced  on a farm in the USA, or Canada, or France is consistently going to be far  cleaner than an organic product produced in China. While there may be rare  exceptions to this rule, the truth of this observation is undeniable. Nobody has  told me I was wrong in my facts on all this. They old told me to stop talking  about it.

Buying from China isn’t buying local

We all talk about “buying  local”, so then why do so many companies source their raw materials from  China? That’s the other side of the planet. How more non-local can you possibly  get?

Sure, for some superfoods like goji berries, China has the best  product and there’s really nowhere else that compares. (For the record, there  are several different “grades” of goji berries grown in China. The ones grown at  high altitude in clean environments have very low levels of pesticides and are  more expensive. The cheaper, low-grade goji berries, on the other hand, tend to  be more contaminated.) If you want the best cacao, you have to go to South  America. There’s no way around that. But for things like pomegranate powder, why  aren’t more companies buying that in the USA? The same is true for broccoli  powder, barley grass powder, oat grass powder, brown rice extracts and so  on.

The answer is because it’s often only about PRICE. China is cheaper,  and that’s all that matters. So they buy from China, and often it gets  “certified” organic by a certifier in China, and we all just blindly believe  that because it’s certified, it must be free of metals, chemicals and  pharmaceutical residues. But that’s a lie. It’s the BIG LIE of the natural  products industry, in fact. And it’s a lie that I refuse to cover  for.

Another dirty little secret, by the way, is that some products are  grown in the USA, then shipped to china and processed with toxic chemical  solvents, then shipped back to the USA. I’ll write more about that little  scam in a future article…

We need to clean up our industry

I’ve already received word that several  superfood formulators, after reading my article, are re-formulating to exclude  all ingredients from China. They are actively sourcing materials from the USA,  Canada, South America and Europe. And when they’re done reformulating, they will  be able to claim “100% China-free” on their labels.

I am committing right  now to publicizing those products that are China-free. I have no financial  interest in doing so, and I will list them here on Natural News for free, in a  feature article, even if we don’t carry those products in our store.

I  want to help promote products that support clean organics; that are made from  ingredients sourced in North America, Europe, Taiwan and other countries with  far better environmental standards.

And so that’s my promise. I will need  to see the C of A’s on these products, but if I receive those and they check  out, I will gladly offer those products and those companies free publicity on  Natural News as part of an article listing all the “China-free” products in the  industyr.

This is a big deal. The article I published on organics out of  China caused far more of a stir than I expected it would. Consumers are calling  their suppliers and asking about the country of origin of the primary  ingredients. This is a good thing. Consumers have a right to know.  Supplement formulators have a responsibility to know what they’re selling. They  have a responsibility to conduct their own lab tests on materials from China and  to publicize those lab tests. And even though some of those companies are angry  at myself and Natural News right now, this is actually a very important  conversation for the natural products industry to have.

Because, God  forbid, can you imagine somebody like CBS News or TIME Magazine getting a hold  of this story first? I can just see the cover of TIME Magazine: “ORGANIC  DISCREDITED” and then feature a column by Dr. Oz (who already attacked organics  in a previous issue) saying that lab tests show “organic” products are  contaminated with heavy metals — but without explaining that they selected only  “organic” products from China to conduct the tests.

They would exploit  this information to discredit the entire industry. And that would be a huge  mistake because the organic industry is the best thing going for all of us who  want clean, healthy food. That’s why I’m pushing for this industry to clean up  its act. Disclose the country of origin for your ingredients. If you buy from  China, publish lab tests that test your raw materials for metals. Honor your  customers by disclosing this information!

We are funding ongoing lab  tests for ALL our raw materials, even if sourced from the USA. Our tests will  show levels of aluminum, cadmium, mercury, lead and arsenic. The results will be  posted publicly as they are available. My goal is to have full transparency with  our customers, so that they know as accurately as possible what’s in the things  they’re buying from us. Personally, I think that should be a common industry  practice. Honest labeling. But the reason it isn’t done very often is  because formulators and retailers don’t want the public to  know!

Does that sound familiar? It’s the Monsanto strategy. And yes,  the Monsanto strategy of “keep customers ignorant” is alive and well in the  natural products industry right now. And it’s got to stop. Natural News is going  to continue to bring pressure to the entire industry to disclose the lab test  results of their products.

How are we doing that? We are buying and  testing popular nutritional products, and we are going to publicize the  results. Some results will be good; others will be bad. We’re going to  publicize them all and let the numbers speak for themselves. I do NOT intend  to name brand names, as it is not my intention to embarrass any particular  brand. Instead, my intention is to motivate the industry to clean up its act by  publishing trends and observations of what’s out there.

Threats of  lawsuits against Natural News for blowing the whistle will be met with us  publicizing all such threats and naming names, however. Anyone who tries to  silence Natural News in this research for the public good will be exposed as  attempting to do so.

ACTION items for organic product consumers

• ASK your product suppliers  whether they use raw materials from China.

• If they do, ASK for U.S.  laboratory testing of their raw materials, and ask to see the results.

• SEEK to buy from formulators who avoid using raw materials from China, where  possible.

• CHECK the country of origin of everything you buy. It  matters.

ACTION items for organic product formulators

• If you do source  ingredients from China, test them for common contaminants, then publicize your  test results so your customers can see them.

• If you don’t source any  ingredients from China. Let your customers know! Publicize “100% China-free” on  your website or label. Or say, “No ingredients sourced from China.”

• If  you are 100% China-free, let Natural News know! We would like to start listing  those brands and companies that are consciously avoiding materials sourced from  China.

Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039211_organic_food_natural_products_industry_secrets.html#ixzz2M8ItvnJN

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