Conspiracy theorists are so annoying. I am usually the one gently telling them to look up facts, and cut down the rhetoric. But this ticks me off and I see discrepancies all over the place, so I am annoying. A new experience for me.
In creating an animated DVD about fruit for young kids, I wanted to check on fruit listed on the Women, Infant and Children allowed food list. WIC is a US government program for poor families with kids between 0-6. I had to spend a little time at a WIC office. These people NEED this help. It keeps kids brains and bodies growing and out of hospital emergency rooms.
On my DVD I wanted to be sure to include fruits that every kid would be able to eat, so I made of list of all the WIC fruits and other foods. You may notice red tags on shelves in the grocery store around the OJ and milk area. This red tag says this food is a part of the WIC program. The red tag product can be obtained by the WIC recipient. These are purchased directly with your tax dollars and feed a hungry kid nutritious food like fresh fruits and veggies.
Well, not all the foods are nutritious. Until 2006 soy products were not available even if your kid was lactose intolerant or due to religious reasons you could not drink or eat dairy. So, I was thrilled when I heard that tofu and soy milk were to be on the WIC list, especially ORGANIC products. Since I work with kids 0-3 with eating issues sometimes silken tofu is an answer to propping up protein while transitioning to whole foods from thickened smoothies and infant formula.
Here’s the rub, Pacific Foods supplies the only organic soy milk allowed on
the list. Their Ultra soy does have a good dose of protein, calcium and B12 for growing bodies. However, their organic status is in real jeopardy. They state their beverage is made from “whole organic soy beans.” On the other hand, they refuse third-party verification and do not have the import records to prove it.
The Cornucopia Institute repeatedly asked Pacific to clearly state where their soybeans came from since Pacific’s advertising claimed the beans were organic and came from the United States. Cornucopia checked import records for Pacific and found shipments from China. Cornucopia has their own seal of approval and asked Pacific to provide documentation so that the institute could bestow said seal. Pacific replied that they had their own “Certified to the Source”. I have no idea what that means and Pacific’s website has no further information on who the third party is or any other verification. Cornucopia found that Pacific accepted a soy bean shipment that was refused by other companies.
Here’s my dilemma – I want to thank Pacific for helping out poor kids. They will make a ton of $$ selling to the government at a cheaper price due to the volume of milk sold. But is their claim true? I want more info from Pacific about exactly where they source their ingredients with third party disclosures.
Demonizing any company really bothers me because there are many people working at the company who see what good the company does. It is like a scientist who discovers something that gets turned into a crappy or devastating product.
Please contact Pacific and ask them to be clear or we just can’t support them and their products. They need to fess up because this lack of information is annoying.
PS, I’ll be putting a minute or so of the DVD animation on my YouTube to view before purchasing from my 100% organic website. I hereby disclose where I get all my ideas – at 3 am and during running.