I have questions that may seem naive and somewhat alarmist, but I need to
pose them to this forum.
1. If foods and products produced abroad can label their foods as they wish
using happy terms like "pesticide free, free range, sustainably produced,
and natural/organic" without the New Organic Patrol (NOP) on their case,
how do we compete?
2. How many thousands of consumers will bail out on us because of the
USDA's involvement with the word Organic? Charles Walters at Acres USA
called it a dilution of the meaning of the word. A lot of us have worked
hard to have the word impart a sense of well-being and trust in our
marketplace. Does anyone have any insights on the NOP and consumer
3. My fields produce organic vegetables that are used in the production of
a very popular brand of organically produced salsa and marinara sauces.
These products have a large following in Europe. Because of the involvement
of USDA in the word organic and the cosequential dilution of it's meaning,
Will my clients have to produce their products outside of our country to
maintain their labelling that uses the words "pesticide free and
organically produced" ?
4. My fields are too small to compete with what I see as a new type of
factory farm being hatched.
I'm sure this forum is no place to cry about lost love. But does anyone
with a relationship with the word organic hear their hearts breaking?
My salutation has always been Organically yours, however I think I'll try
this mew one...
Living on crumbs,
Donald W. Trotter Ph.D.
The Organic Gardener's Resource Centre
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The Organic Resource Centre
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Encinitas, CA. 92024
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