By Stacy Malkan
When a reputable-sounding nonprofit organization released a report attacking the organic food industry in April 2014, the group went to great lengths to tout its independence.
The 30-page report by Academics Review, described as a non-profit led by independent academic experts in agriculture and food sciences, found that consumers were being duped into spending more money for organic food because of deceptive marketing practices by the organic industry.
Trade press headlines blared: Organics exposed! (Brownfield News) and Organic Industry Booming by Deceiving Consumers (Food Safety Tech News), touting the findings by supposedly independent experts.