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Shit Happens

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.

Shit.

Its the moment you realize Häagen Dazs is actually owned by Pepsico.

Shit!

“Mommy, how come the mean man makes Huggin-Däys?”

Ben & Jerry?

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.

I digress.

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.

 

 


Boy You Guys Sure Are Lucky!

We get that a lot. When friends visit the farm for the first time we get “Boy you guys sure are lucky!” Seems weird that at age 56 luck should figure so prominently. Luck is for the less experienced, gamblers, and those with a penchant for casting their fate into the ether.

Of course what our friends mean is they acknowledge what we have. The farm. The farm thingys. The lifestyle and the freedom that comes with it. At this point I should make it clear that farmersdotter is younger than I. Not to do so would be unlucky.

Anyway, after several years working for the man options were weighed and the decision was made to pursue a different lifestyle. Other opportunities were present and opting for this farm was a conscience choice. Fortunate? Maybe. Lucky? Not so much.

Why mention this at all? Well, it goes to our philosophy of voting with your wallet. Consider what spending your hard earned store of labour means. Simply, it is a the value of your labour in return for the real cost of acquiring a benefit. Both values must be deemed fair and equal by both parties involved.

As the saying goes ‘we work hard for our money’ and its expenditure should be carefully weighed to ensure it is spent on commodities and services deserving of our efforts. If we decide we just have to have “that” then we calculate the store of labour invested in producing “that”. If the calculation says “that” isn’t fair and equitable then we barter. If bartering doesn’t work then we find “that” somewhere else or go without.

There we just voted with our wallet. We said the value isn’t with you but it might be with someone else. A little harsh but we’re talking about 56 years of accumulated store of labour here. Ain’t going to give it away. Too much respect for that.

In calculating the store of labour we consider the producer’s labour practices, environmental management policies and overall ethics. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. No ticky no laundry.

Would we invite an unethical producer into our home for a Coke? No. We don’t buy Coke. We don’t buy anything made by Coke. We calculate we don’t like Coke. No ticky.

We do buy fair trade organic coffee. Would you like organic cream and my neighbour’s organic honey with that?


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