22 May '11, 4pm

Whistleblower Casts Doubt On The Integrity Of Organic Certification

Whistleblower Casts Doubt On The Integrity Of Organic Certification

The incidences that Popoff describes in detail are certainly suspect, but what is more disturbing is his description of the way that Organic crops are actually certified for sale at premium prices. Even though the system theoretically allows testing, in fact that almost never happens and everything depends on paper work. As Popoff puts it, it is like asking Olympic athletes to sign a document saying they used no performance-enhancing drugs but never testing them. It actually gets worse. The certifying agency gets a fee for the farm visit, but they make much of their revenue as a percentage of the sale of the approved crop. In any other business this is considered an “active conflict of interest.” Do you think these certifiers would be inclined to spend money on tests that could potentially reduce their revenue? I don’t think so!

Full article: http://blog.sustainablog.org/organic-certification-book/

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