I still support the principles of organic production. But when the organic movement went anti-GMO, it was time for a major rethink.
(Read a counterpoint to this article HERE from Steve Hoffman at Compass Natural.)
The organic movement could be perfectly valid once again, but only if it remains a niche production-system, and, crucially, if the captains of the organic movement drop their knee-jerk opposition to technology and start proving that organic food is being produced without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. How? Simple, through across-the-board, once-annual field testing.
Most people are shocked to learn that organic crops are not tested, and that exhaustive record-keeping and record-checking by for-profit agents of the USDA is what qualifies products for the lucrative 'USDA Organic' logo. There are plans afoot under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to begin spot-testing organic operations, but only one-time every 20 years, and only on end-product, long after substances prohibited in organic production have dissipated.
When the organic movement went anti-GMO, it was time for a major rethink
It was this slovenly attitude that opened the floodgates to cheap, USDA-certified organic raw ingredients imported from countries like China, Mexico and Argentina, to the point where there is now one certified-organic food processor in America for every two certified-organic farmers. So much for saving American organic family farms.
By applying loopholes in the law, these processors can, for instance, add water to USDA certified-organic apple-juice concentrate from abroad, put it in a carton and call it 'Product of the U.S.A.' even though the apples were grown, processed and certified under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) by foreigners in a foreign land.
When trying to shut me up failed, my former colleagues turned to attacking my integrity, charging that I work for Monsanto, that I’m an 'extreme right-winger,' that I made up my credentials as an organic inspector, and that I plan to line my pockets by starting an organic testing lab, none of which is true. Finally, I was threatened, and have repeatedly been refused membership in my former professional organization, the International Organic Inspectors Association, a body on which I was once on the executive, and for which I organized the first ever 'Organic Testing' training seminar.