organic foods not what they advertize …

I am wary about anything called organic. There are too many people hospitalized from contaminated product. Now we find this revelation, I don’t believe organics in Australia is any better at being trustworthy:

Department of Agriculture Overlooks Chinese Organic Food Violations

[…] Section §205.203 of the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP) — which applies to organic crops grown anywhere in the world that are shipped to the United States — stipulates that, “The producer must not use: Any fertilizer or composted plant that contains a synthetic substance not included on the National List of synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production.” Synthetic fertilizer does not appear on this list. Composted algae are therefore not allowed in organic production.[…]

[…] Meanwhile, in what Cornucopia refers to as The Organic Watergate, Kastel routinely accuses the people who run the USDA NOP of being corrupt for even having “the National List of synthetic substances” which allows for a limited number of synthetics to be used in organic production when no natural alternative is available. And yet it’s fine if the People’s Republic flouts American law by using prohibited, synthetic fertilizer across the board in its organic agriculture. Ironically, it was the rejection of synthetic fertilizer that gave rise to the whole organic movement back in the 1920s long before pesticides, food additives and genetic engineering were even dreamed of. […]

[…] OCA, Cornucopia, along with the offices of the USDA NOP, are also ignoring the rather troubling issue of fecal matter entering the American organic food chain due to the lack of field testing. […]

Read on…

[…] As a direct result of this lack of field testing, a hepatitis-A-outbreak has occurred in USDA-certified-organic Turkish pomegranate seeds sold by Costco. 153 people across 8 states have fallen ill; 66 are in hospital. But instead of pushing the USDA to start observing a simple testing rule that’s been on its books since 2002, OCA and Cornucopia would actually have consumers believe record-keeping and occasional spot-testing (just 5 percent of the time, never on foreign crops), will suffice to keep us safe. The evidence suggests otherwise: see here, here, here, here and here. […]

A lot more at the links provided.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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