Saturday, December 19, 2015


              You may remember the organic maple syrup that left me somewhat bemused -- syrup is, I understand, made from nothing but maple sap, and it's hard to visualize just what makes a tree organic?  More to the point, probably --  how can a tree not be organic? 
                     So here's another one to worry about -- what makes this hair conditioner gluten-free?   Was the copywriter just latching on to a fad, or must someone who really needs to be gluten-free read cosmetic labels? 

 Am I showing my ignorance by wondering if gluten on the hair could get that person in trouble?  Any information will be welcome.


  1. I also wonder about kosher SOS and Brillo pads.

  2. Here's the USDA definition of "organic":

    "Organic food is produced using sustainable agricultural production practices. Not permitted are most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. The USDA National Organic Program website has more information including inspection and certification information."

    But I don't think the producers of maple syrup routinely do any of the "not permitted" things to maple trees, so it seems to me that calling maple syrup "organic" is just another way to jack up the price. As for "gluten-free" hair conditioner, that's simply silly!