Dr. John Ikerd Explains the Corporate Crisis in Agriculture

THE CRISIS WITHIN ORGANIC: INCREASING CORPORATE CONTROL AND USDA’s UNABASHED PREFERENCE TO PLAY WITH THE BIG BOYS. Our friend, Dr. John Ikerd, the respected retired Univ of MO Ag Economist, has written this insightful article which provides valuable explanation about the major war being waged between authentic organic farmers and the corporate sell-out crowd. Please consider this piece MUST READ.
These organic integrity issues will play out next week in Denver at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting. Jim, in his role as President of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), will be in Denver representing the best interests of the organic community.
Both Dr. Ikerd and Jim are Policy Advisors to the Cornucopia Institute. They – and their many, many allies – have a focused dedication to assure that you and your family have continued viable access to bonafide organic food grown by skilled local, organic family farmers. Jim & Megan

“How can crops produced without soil be called ‘organic’? They can in the United States – but not in Canada, Mexico, Japan, or 24 European countries that prohibit the sale of hydroponic products as organic.[i] How can meat, milk, or eggs produced in ‘factory farms be called organic? They can in the United States. USDA organic standards require minimal access to pastures or at least outdoor spaces for livestock and poultry – but there is no assurance the animals actually go outdoors.[ii] These and other symptoms of the ‘industrialization of organics’ are clearly documented by the Cornucopia Institute – a self-proclaimed ‘watchdog’ of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP)…

“…As the industrial share of the organic market has grown, so has their influence on the NOP. It is becoming increasingly difficult to defend the integrity of organics….

“…Organic production without soil is blasphemy to the philosophy of organic farming…

“Perhaps local and bio-regional programs could certify organic products as ‘Produced on Regenerative Organic Farms.’ The term ‘regenerative’ suggests the characteristics of self-organizing and self-making, which distinguish living, organic systems from inanimate, mechanistic systems. Regeneration is also a characteristic of healthy systems, rather than specific inputs or practices…

“Regardless, to restore and protect the integrity of organic food production, we ultimately must find ways to restore the heart and soul of organics, as well as its regenerative capacity.”