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The Failure of the USDA's "Organic" Food Label!

Certifying CAFOs and hydroponics as organic plus fraudulent grain imports that feed the CAFO animals.

Date:   7/15/2019 7:40:28 AM   ( 15 mon ) ... viewed 425 times

April 5, 2020 - Recommended -

Here is a clear presentation on the integrity of real organic agriculture with several family farmers in only 7 minutes.

See: https://www.realorganicproject.org/raising-animals-on-pasture/

"Over 600 farms have applied to be part of the Real Organic Project. We wanted to share a few highlights from the many incredible farmers who have courageously spoken out about reclaiming the integrity of Organic. Please share with others!

Healthy Soil • Healthy Food • Healthy Planet"[]
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July 15, 2019 -

There are three MAJOR failures of the USDA in protecting organic.

The USDA certifies CAFOs as organic. This means that some very large dairies and poultry operations are ignoring the requirements to have animals outside on pasture every day that weather permits. These are confinement operations. They sell their calves and buy in conventionally raised replacement heifers. The chickens have never felt the sun on their backs or scratched in the dirt. The outcome is unhappy, unhealthy animals producing inferior milk and eggs sold at prices at which no real organic farmer can survive. This means that consumers can no longer find the organic food they want in stores. Nor can they tell if they have found it.

The USDA certifies hydroponics as organic. This means that very large-scale hydro operations, both in greenhouses and outside on black plastic, are flooding the market with tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, peppers, and greens grown without the benefits of soil. The nutritional quality must be different. The taste is certainly different. And once again no real organic farmer can survive in selling to supermarkets against such unfair competition. Again, this means that consumers can no longer find the organic food they want in stores.

Fraudulent grain imports continue to flood the US market, helping the CAFO "organic" livestock operations to thrive. Despite enormous public pressure, the USDA seems unable to stem the flow. “This thing gets more bizarre as you go along,” John Bobbe said. “The problem is that consumers are being potentially defrauded, and the price for farmers is going down.”[1]
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"Add-On Label Identifies Real Organic Food" -

July 3rd, 2019 -

"The USDA’s National Organic Program has failed consumers and true organic farmers by refusing to enforce pasture requirements for organic livestock and by allowing hydroponic produce to bear the organic label. As such, add-on labels are emerging to help consumers differentiate between industrial and authentic organic. Cornucopia supports the efforts of the Real Organic Project to verify ethical farming practices.

The Real Organic Project (ROP) is a grassroots, farmer-led movement created to distinguish soil-grown and pasture-raised products. ROP has created an add-on label to assure consumers that what they are buying is authentic organic food from family farms.

In 2019, certified organic farms are eligible to apply for this add-on label, free of charge.

As a follow up to the 60 ROP-certified pilot farms across the country in 2018, ROP has begun their 2019 certification program. ..."[2]
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November 17, 2019 -

"... industrial organic operations usually add colorants to the feed to get a more orange-colored yolk and trick consumers into thinking their eggs are more nutritious."[3]
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Notes:

[1] https://mailchi.mp/realorganicproject/the-farmers-and-the-experts?e=7d4d4bfab2

[2] https://www.cornucopia.org/2019/07/real-organic-certification/#more-67897

[3] https://mailchi.mp/realorganicproject/organic-and-pastured-eggs

[4] https://mailchi.mp/realorganicproject/dear-nosb
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organic food, organic farmer, Fraudulent grain imports, failures of the USDA, pastured-eggs
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