Dr Mercola and the Cornucopia Institute have been pointing out the mass corruption in the organic movement.
As with anything that becomes popular or trendy, the potential is recognized and seized by large corporations who are looking to profit from it.
I am including a video from Mark Kastel, co-director of the Cornucopia Institute that details some of the unbelievable antics taking place in the organized organic movement.
If you're short on time here are some of the highlights:
- Those charged with reviewing and approving additives and chemicals for use in organic foods have in large part been affiliated with the same corporate agribusinesses and/or food producers lobbying for their use.
- There are currently almost 300 non-organic and synthetic compounds approved for use in organic foods.
- "Independent" industry experts, who have been advising the USDA's National Organic Standards Board on scientific matters, also appear to have been largely supportive of synthetics in organics
- The Cornucopia Institute are now pursuing a pressure campaign aimed at the organic program at the USDA, and at the National Organics Standards Board, to persuade them to review the manipulation and misinformation provided at the November 2011 NOSB meeting, which led to the approval of synthetic, genetically mutated DHA and ARA oils—ingredients that have been "confidently linked" to health problems in infants.
What I want to point out here is my original statement of the more distant your relationship with the person who produces your food, the more potential for corruption.
While I applaud and support the Cornucopia Institute for their efforts to rally the American people to hold those accountable who oversee organic standards in the U.S., I also believe the best route to food transparency is to have a relationship with the folks who produce your food.
That's why I have an open door policy at my farm. Folks can come visit and judge for themselves if they want to do business with me.
Complete transparency to your customers is a safeguard against corruption.
How could I say for example 'we use no chemical herbicides on our farm' and at the same time be hosing down weeds with weed killer? If I know customers are coming and no door is locked, no cabinet out of reach it will deter me from such actions.
There is a myriad of temptations to cheat even on the small farm. Farmers need accountability. I need accountability. I need to know that my customers have the right to inspect what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.
I gave them that right.
If you're paying with your hard earned dollars you deserve that right.
No amount of regulations or regulators is ever going to replace a relationship between two people.
Here at Spring Hill Farms we think honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability should be some of the foundational principles you build your farm on.
Until next time…