UnSpun 050 – Certified: How Secret Taxes on Your Food are Robbing You Blind

Aired December 20-21, 2016. Joe Atwill and Jan Irvin discuss hidden taxes on our food - certifications: Organic, vegan, natural, gluten free, paleo, kosher, Non-GMO, et al. What are food certifications? How do they work? Are they a good thing? Are they taxes on good behavior, rather than bad?

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  7 comments for “UnSpun 050 – Certified: How Secret Taxes on Your Food are Robbing You Blind

  1. geckoman
    December 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    You’re so right that farmers should reject these certification systems and base their reputation on trust, transparency and an open invitation to visit the farm at any time. I’ve seen this to be the primary approach in the rural area where I live. I think certification is a “big players” game expensed to the marketing budget and not the correct model for a family farm or slightly larger farming operation that understands organic farm products can be produced (with a profit) without the stamp of approval from the controllers.

    Thanks for your thoughts and insight.

  2. RogerArno
    December 25, 2016 at 4:38 am

    I think that is the main point of carbon taxes too, economic incentive to move to human v2.0, a non-carbon based lifeform.
    Also looks like 3d printing of food is coming.

  3. Seymore Stars
    January 28, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Brave New Victuals by Elsperth Huxley if you havent checked that out…

    • Seymore Stars
      January 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Also some of these fees end up being fairly nominal, keeping people honest with their products in my opinion. Also, white rice is a simple carbohydrate. Stick to complex carbs like quinoa and brown rice. They digest slow ie regulate blood sugar which is the primary culprit of most of these modern diseases.

      • January 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm

        Brown rice is not as good because of phytic acid, or was it oxalic. Stick with white rice and yams. Stay away from most grains in general, as we’ve covered extensively on this show. Grains are poison. Whole grains are the worst. Thanks.

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  4. spartan spawn
    February 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    It’s leverage, wonderful leverage for these certification groups or companies.

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