Let me say right up front that I support the USDA’s national organic certification program. Why?
Because it is the only nationally-recognized and accepted system we have in place for organic standards.
I firmly believe that the more people we have participating and engaged in the system, the stronger it will become. Conversely, the more people who opt out of the system, the weaker it will become.
That being said, it is by no means perfect. And just as is in every other area of our society, big companies in the organic sector use lobbyists in Washington D.C. to enact policies that will benefit them financially.
Even though organic has social ideals that many other industries do not, we can’t forget that organic is big, big business – $27 billion a year.
As I wrote about recently, the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) agreed to allow illegal, synthetically-derived additives – commonly marketed as DHA and ARA — into certified organic products. Read more »