The Nightly Business Report: “Is Organic In Bed With Big Agribusiness?”

From CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, 5 November 2015:


Food bearing that USDA Certified Organic label isn’t actually checked by the USDA, but by third party contractors. And certifiers are paid by the farmer.

[The auditor] looked everything over but he did not take soil samples or test for pesticide residue.

Mischa Popoff, former organic certifier: “Sadly, we can’t trust the organic label right now, it’s a bureaucratic honor-based system.”

The bigger the industry grows, the bigger the challenge to police it, especially foreign foods certified as organic by foreign inspectors.

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