Shit happens. Yes. Yes it does.
And when it does it will likely shake your confidence and betray your trust.
In the previous post we discussed trusting the certified organics industry in Canada requiring a leap of faith and that shit can happen.
For example, its like knowing you were doing your part to save dear Mother Earth. You’ve been voting with your wallet, tirelessly refusing to add a single penny into the coffers of some world raping, duplicitous, multinational, commodity-pushing conglomerate of all things poopie.
You’ve been doing the right thing all along.
And then? Well then you discover all along you’ve been duped.
“Mommy, how come the mean man makes Huggin-Däys?”
Did you know Ben & Jerry sold out to Unilever? The same Unilever with annual revenues up there with Nestle, Proctor and Gamble, and Kraft Foods.
Shit-shit, double shit!
Same shit different day.
So here is the shit, if you will on certified organics.
Participation in organics in Canada is voluntary. It requires anyone desirous of a certified organic designation to consent to COR (Canadian Organic Regime) as administered through their chosen CB (Certifying Body)
But honestly, organics is about land stewardship. Organics is about farming the soil not produce. Farm the soil well and awesome nutritious produce will follow.
Point being organics is more about sustainability. More about a lifestyle. More about custodianship than business.
Organics as an industry exists because consumers need a method to differentiate organics from conventional farming.
Personally, I maintain if organic operations must endure audits then conventional farmers must bear similar responsibility to third party oversight.
More so because as it stands right now a conventional operation can spray whatever shit poison they choose and have no obligation, moral or otherwise to disclose their spray records as do organic operations.
The system is not perfect. It is as strong as the weakest link in the chain. From an over hormonic stock boy to the under paid itinerant farm worker bent on sabotage; shit happens.
This is where you come in.
If you suspect a product listed as organic is disingenuous then please bring your concerns to the reseller, farmer, producer or whoever. Hold there feet to the fire and demand accountability.
Any organic operation will be prepared to provide the appropriate certificate for inspection. Indeed, most would also suggest a tour of their operation and offer up samples.