In a major lawsuit involving a large Industrial Ag operation, the California Supreme Court has ruled cheaters MAY BE SUED FOR MISREPRESENTING crops grown with synthetic chemical inputs and falsely mislabeling them as “organic.” In recent years, the Industrial Food misuse of the word “natural” has brought about a tidal wave of policy-changing lawsuits (http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/…/Unprecedented-surge-in-f….)
Similarly, this new ruling should throw the fear-of-god into unscrupulous, conventional-toxic OPERATIONS AND CORPORATIONS which – MOTIVATED BY GREED TO BENEFIT FROM ORGANIC PRICE PREMIUMS AND SURGING ORGANIC DEMAND – have forced their way into organics WITHOUT ANY PHILOSOPHICAL COMMITMENT TO ORGANIC PRINCIPLES.
This ruling is an important victory. It establishes a new litigation tool for consumers AND honest organic farmers – who would have to unfairly compete against misanthropic cheaters. Jim
“The decision revived a class-action lawsuit against Herb Thyme Farms Inc., a large herb grower with many farms throughout California.
“Most of the company’s farms grow herbs conventionally, but one farm is organic and has been properly certified as such, the court said.
“The lawsuit contends that Herb Thyme processes its conventional and organic herbs together under an organic label and even sells some herbs grown entirely with chemicals as organic.”