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Online marketers target food stamp recipients, selling high-priced ‘organic and natural’ junk food

| | September 8, 2016

The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.. offers nutrition assistance to…low income Americans…. SNAP helps people afford food at stores and farmers markets. But … SNAP users often live in food deserts. … So, activists are petitioning…to have SNAP benefits expanded to buy food online.

This is an obvious fix that the USDA should make. … [But] it’s disheartening to see it championed by … Thrive Market, an online retailer of organic, non–genetically modified, and gluten-free fare, and the Environmental Working Group.

. . . Thrive’s campaign seems benevolent, and the cause is certainly just. … But the campaign’s benevolence is only surface-deep…. Thrive’s products are nonperishable… like oils, meat sticks … and chips. The site’s offerings are … devoid of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables….

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The organic industry has historically differentiated its products by making false claims as this Academics Review marketing report explains, and like many other Americans, SNAP users might take the bait.

. . . Thrive fare is marketed as healthy. . . But just because [it’s] non-GMO or mostly organic does not make [it] healthier… It does, however, . . . make [it] more expensive.

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. . . [I]t’s most important to consume plenty of fruits and vegetables. . . There’s no reason to spend more money on organic, non-GMO hype.

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