Saturday, August 23, 2014
Prone to Pesticides
Feds get failing grade on imported organic food tests
Submitted by Mischa Popoff, Kelowna
Ritz and Stephen Harper have fallen for the organic ruse again,
hook, line and sinker.
A whopping three-quarters of
all the organic food sold in Canada is IMPORTED from countries with
lax environmental standards like China, Mexico and Argentina. And,
according to the CBC, HALF of this food tests positive for
prohibited pesticides, a direct result of the fact that there is NO
FIELD TESTING under Canada's organic standards.
It's a complete free-for-all
just as Dr. Patrick Moore and I described in our full report on the
Canadian Organic Sector for the Frontier Centre.
The lion's share
of this $8.5 million subsidy will be funneled into political
activism against the science of genetic engineering, a field of
science which has been made into the avowed enemy of organic
activists in spite of President Clinton attempts to get organic
stakeholders to allow GMO crops into organic production on a
As Dr. Moore and I stress in our report, America does require field
testing of organic crops to ensure they're genuine and safe. Canada
does not. And since Canada is America's largest trading partner in
agricultural products, we urge Canadian authorities to bring
Canada's organic standards into the 21st century by rewriting them,
eliminating all the useless record-keeping and record-checking, and
replacing it with once-annual, unannounced field testing.
Sadly, none of this money will go towards the testing of organic
crops to ensure they're safe and genuine. None. And very little will
go towards actual research into organic production; what little does
go towards crop breeding and reducing tillage on organic farms will
be wasted by politically-connected academics who will, as always,
reiterate the things organic farmers already know.
None of this money "repeat, none" will go to actual Canadian organic
farmers who are being squeezed right now out of their own market by
phony, cheap CFIA-certified organic products from abroad. And this
is because the organic industry in Canada uses an elaborate
royalty-fee structure through which any money that does go to an
organic farmer ends up being paid to his certifier in the form of a
That's right; private and not-for-profit agencies that are supposed
to keep an eye on organic farms on behalf of the CFIA receive
royalty payments on each bushel of crop sold by these same organic
farmers, even if they're in China. In other words, if an organic
certifier discovers what might be fraud, they have no incentive to
pursue an investigation because it
will only result in the loss of that royalty payment.
So much for helping Canadian farmers.
B.A. (Hons.) U. of S.
Former USDA contract organic inspector
Author of Is it
Organic? The inside story of the organic industry
Some people won't like this book, but you will
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute
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