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Why doesn't the article name the brands that cheat? Or at least list some that don't?

There have been several articles about this previously, and even a book (I'm probably more aware of this than many HN readers since I follow several food blogs.) Here are some lists of what to buy and not buy:



Trader Joe's and Costco were two that consistently came out on top. (For what it's worth, I've been buying the Costco organic EVOO and it's been great. I'm a supertaster and can--fortunately or unfortunately--taste the difference.)

what are some food blogs you can recommend?

also, is lifehacker becoming the next about.com? seems like anyone and everyone can write for it, and i found their content to be pretty cheap these days


(Tom Mueller is the source for this article and he's been at this for a while, having written an article on sneaky olive oil producers for the New Yorker in 2007.)

He also has a buyer's guide on the same site and it sounds like, at his level, buying olive oil is trickier than buying wine. Not only is it dependent on harvests and growers, it is also perishable.

It’s more narrative than factual, and proving either of those points (cheat or don’t) would be difficult.

Also the bit about prices going down being caused by the fraud is far from factual. Doesn’t mean it’s untrue, but it’s a designed as a story with a moral at the end, not a study.

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