Are The USDA’s Organic Standards A Sham?

With a click of her mouse, Kerry Trueman, aka EatingLiberally‘s “Kat”, corners Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor of nutrition and author of Pet Food Politics, What to Eat and Food Politics:

Kat: The Sacramento Bee reported on Sunday that a supposedly organic fertilizer used by nearly a third of California’s organic farmers was in fact spiked with the synthetic fertilizer ammonium sulfate. In 2004, a whistleblower told California’s Department of Food and Agriculture that this deception had been going on for five years.

The Department of Food and Agriculture tested the product and determined that the claim was true, but didn’t order the company to take its product off the organic market until January 2007. “As a result,” according to the SacBee, “some of California’s 2006 harvest of organic fruits, nuts and vegetables – including crops from giants like Earthbound Farm – wasn’t really organic.”

via Kerry Trueman: Let’s Ask Marion Nestle: Are The USDA’s Organic Standards A Sham?.

Eternal vigilance is the price of government oversight. There is no better way to ensure that your food is what it is supposed to be than to participate in the process. CSA gives you direct, face to face access to the farm and farmer where your food is grown!

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