Codirector Mark Kastel describes the history and process of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), as well as recent disturbing developments in USDA oversight of the NOSB. The NOSB voted to disallow carrageenan, an additive known to cause intestinal inflammation, in organic production beginning this year.
Carrageenan is used as an emulsifier, a thickener, and to improve “mouth-feel” of products—meaning to make watery products, like plant-based beverages, taste creamy. It is not essential to the production of any product on the market, as evidenced by the number of companies that have been able to remove it from their formulas.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has interceded on behalf of industry lobbyists and reapproved carrageenan, betraying the public trust and the recommendations from the NOSB.
Many of us seek out organic food as the last bastion of safety for our families, and this confidence is being compromised. Watch the video below to understand more: