The BBC produces a television show called The Real Hustle which features three scam artists who demonstrate how easy it is to part you with your money.
The best protection against this type of scam is to either ensure you are buying from a well known and reputable company, or have first hand knowledge of the origin of the product you’re purchasing.
In addition to blatant and illegal scams, Dr. Stephen Barrett warns that even in cases where food carries a certified “Organic” label, it is referring to the production method rather than the physical qualities of the product. He says,
Many consumers who “fork over a little more” believe that the foods themselves are more nutritious, safer, and tastier. But the USDA proposal itself noted that, “No distinctions should be made between organically and non-organically produced products in terms of quality, appearance, or safety.” In other words, no claim should be made that the foods themselves are betterÃ¢â‚¬â€or even different!
Organic foods are certainly not more nutritious. The nutrient content of plants is determined primarily by heredity. Mineral content may be affected by the mineral content of the soil, but this has no significance in the overall diet. If essential nutrients are missing from the soil, the plant will not grow. If plants grow, that means the essential nutrients are present.
The Organic Food Con
In this episode the hosts demonstrate how easy it is to get people to purchase “organic” food, which is nothing more than re-packaged crap.
The Organic Cosmetics Con
Here they open a small store to sell “organic” cosmetics, which again are nothing more than re-packaged crap.