BREAKING NEWS! YES, YOU’LL WANT TO READ OUR REVIEW BEFORE YOU TAKE IN THIS NEW ‘WASHINGTON POST’ ARTICLE ABOUT USDA-CREATED MAYHEM IN THE ORGANIC WORLD.
First off, though it was much more diplomatically stated in the article by former USDA National Organic Program (NOP) head Richard Matthews, USDA has a long history of hatred for organic farming. Why? Because for its 100-year history organic farming has been a vociferous, rebellious, soil-based reform movement dedicated to correcting the gigantic errant failures of toxic and now increasingly concentrated modern agriculture. Organic farming has always represented a SERIOUS THREAT to the status quo and the financial prospects of Industrial Ag. Of course, Industrial Ag calls the shots at corporate-captive rogue agency USDA. The fact is, the biggest problem has been a LACK OF WILL at USDA to enforce provisions of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) upon fake “organic” mega corporate operations.
In recent years, a major organic reform effort has been called “Keep the Soil In Organic” (https://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org/). We have been challenging the USDA’s illegal allowance of imposter soil-less multinational corporate Hydroponic produce to be labeled as “organic.” Do note the article’s failure to cover at all the hot-button Hydroponics issue. Could this ‘convenient editing’ be due to Amazon-owner Jeff Bezos, new owner of the ‘Washington Post’, being a MAJOR INVESTOR, along with other billionaires, in the huge soil-less Hydro vertical farm operation called ‘Plenty?’
Yes, increased USDA funding is needed to keep up with double-digit growth of organic. But even more important is for USDA to muster the will to enforce existing organic law. Jim