Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, Project No. P954501 #00080 

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Diane Sommers
Initiative Name:
Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, Project No. P954501
Dear Sirs, I am writing to you today to ask that you stop companies misleading consumers about the ingredients in their products. Organic has no meaning anymore. Your policies allow the consumer to be too easily duped and they also tell me that you have no interest in protecting me or my family. For more than a year, I couldn't get air to breathe. I saw so many doctors and had so many tests and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Finally, out of desperation, I stopped eating cooked foods, including all grains and everything that was packaged, stopped using chemical cleaner, detergents, toothpaste, cosmetics, etc and within 5 days, I could breathe, sleep, speak. It was a miracle to me. Detergents affect my skin horribly. I have to pay more for a product and I am willing to do just that. It's either pay more at the store or give it to the doctors and pharmaceutical companies. As I slack off, on these things I am noticing that my breathing is getting more difficult. I am back to the strict regimen. For me, knowing what is in my food, toothpaste, cosmetics, room fresheners etc is critical to my health as I believe it is for all. We supposedly live in a democracy and as such we are entitled to know what is in our food without needing to examine every ingredient. It's beginning to feel a lot like China in this country. I'm sure you remember all the recalls and damage caused to young babies. The FDA/FTC has to start doing it's job and start allowing people to make decisions for themselves by enforcing companies to label products accurately. Because there are a couple of "organic" ingredients in a product doesn't make it organic and lets not kid ourselves, no petrochemical can really be organic or good for a human being. I hope there are at least a few people in your organization who have the integrity to do what is right for people.