If you are one of the growing number of Americans concerned about the safety of genetically modified food or what types of chemicals and pesticides are used in the production of the food you consume, you might opt for organic options. But the Federal government is letting insiders linked to the same big agribusiness companies that produce chemical-laden and genetically modified products be the judges of what is organic.
Research conducted by the Cornucopia Institute in Wisconsin exposes how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) governmental panel that determines what is and isn’t considered “organic” is stacked with Federal insiders with an alternative agenda.
According to the findings in The Organic Watergate paper released by the Institute, the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. It also illustrates how currently almost 300 non-organic and synthetic compounds are approved for use in organic farming or food production.
Mark Kastel, the co-director and Senior Farm Policy Analyst at the Cornucopia Institute explained: “An incident last fall caused Cornucopia staff to do a cursory review of many non-organic and synthetic ingredients that have been approved for use in organics since the USDA took over regulation in 2002. And what do we find? A corporate and governmental conspiracy to allow almost any chemical petitioned by agribusinesses in organic food, regardless of the fact that Congress mandated review of all such substitutes to make sure that they will not damage the environment or human health.”
Evidence of the corruption is illustrated in how a corporate employee of General Mills was nominated as the “consumer representative” of the National Organic Standards Board. There was such a strong backlash that her name was withdrawn. Later, she was nominated and served in a slot reserved for a scientist.
You can sign a petition to reduce big agribusiness influence over organic food production here.