Codirector Mark Kastel describes the history and process of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), as well as recent disturbing developments in USDA oversight of the NOSB. The NOSB voted to disallow carrageenan, an additive known to cause intestinal inflammation, in organic production beginning this year.
Carrageenan is used as an emulsifier, a thickener, and to improve “mouth-feel” of products—meaning to make watery products, like plant-based beverages, taste creamy. It is not essential to the production of any product on the market, as evidenced by the number of companies that have been able to remove it from their formulas.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has interceded on behalf of industry lobbyists and reapproved carrageenan, betraying the public trust and the recommendations from the NOSB.
Many of us seek out organic food as the last bastion of safety for our families, and this confidence is being compromised. Watch the video below to understand more:
Cornucopia’s Take:Farmers across the country have rallied to protest soil-less production, livestock confinement practices, and fraudulent organic grain imports by outfits that continue to label their products ‘organic’ with the tacit approval of the National Organic Standards Board and the USDA. As our Senior Scientist Dr. Linley Dixon states at the beginning of this video, “The frustrating thing…is that organic policy makers don’t know what ‘organic’ is anymore.” Watch the video to find out what real organic farmers are doing about it. (Note: This video contains brief language which may be objectionable to some viewers)
Organic farmer David Chapman describes the efforts by farmers and eaters across the country to protect the integrity of the organic seal from corporate interests seeking to water down the standards and redefine what it means to be organic. Read Full Article »
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Cornucopia Codirector, Mark Kastel, gave a briefing on the growing organic divide on Facebook Live this afternoon.
We are increasingly seeing the rise of two organics. One is promulgated by big corporations, with weaker standards and potentially suspect ingredients—all facilitated by a compliant USDA—behind the cloak of secrecy. The other organic holds true to the founding precepts and is practiced by local farmers and a group of still independently owned brands following the spirit and letter of organic law. Read Full Article »