Unity is Power

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Unity is Power

The chemical companies aren’t the only ones trying to undermine the USDA organic rules.

Many of the challenges come from within the ranks of farmers and consumers themselves.

The “underminers” are in 2 groups.

The first is composed of small farmers who don’t want the government regulating their farms and don’t want to do the paperwork needed to get certified.

The second group includes well-meaning but confused consumers as well as journalists and pundits in search of some utopian, fashion-forward ideal or shocking headline.

Let’s discuss the easy one first.

While there are 13,000 certified organic farmers in America, there are probably a few thousand more who are organic but uncertified.

These small farmers primarily sell to their customers directly at farmers’ markets and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs, to restaurants, or all three.

The certification process isn’t an easy one.

There are papers to fill out, inspections to pass, and standards to uphold.

Some simply don’t want to do the work.

Others are unwilling or unable to pay the thousands of dollars a year to maintain their organic status.

(Even the USDA staff was surprised by how difficult the organic certification process was when they decided to put a certified organic garden on their front lawn.)

Some say they don’t need to be certified because they’re actually “beyond organic.”

Or perhaps they’re already working from morning until night just to get the farmwork done and don’t have the time.

For a small farmer who’s selling directly to individual people, there might not be a huge benefit to getting organic certification.

They certainly won’t get benefits from the government in the form of subsidies or tax credits.

I wish they would join the community farmers who’ve declared themselves organic, not because it’s a perfect word, but because there’s the potential, through civic action, to make it a better word – to ensure it continues to mean products are free of chemicals and farming practices that jeopardize our health and the environment.

I understand why they might choose not to.

It takes a lot of guts and hard work to be a farmer these days.

This group is the least of the problem.

The bigger problem is people within the environmental community who are suspicious of every big business and unwilling to work with the government to ensure access to organic food is easy, affordable, and universal.

They’re too busy deciding which new locavore restaurant to have dinner at to recognize the majority of Americans buy food at Wal-Mart.

And if Wal-Mart were to make a dedicated effort to become more environmentally friendly and organic (as they have, thankfully), it could do more to improve the environment than any government agency in the world could.

In a quest for the next new thing to solve all our problems, environmental groups and their leaders run from fad to fad.

Buy local!

Be vegetarian!

Go vegan!

Buy fair trade food!

Join Slow Food!

Many of the top environmental leaders have turned away from supporting Whole Foods (because it’s not perfect enough) or big farms like Earthbound Farms – which have brought organic foods to millions of people – and exposed the division and lack of unity making chemical companies gleeful and the government’s job a lot easier.

After all, small divided groups are nothing the government needs to worry about.

Some people who complain about Whole Foods don’t remember what it was like before Whole Foods.

Back then, the only source of organic foods was at a local co-op with inconsistent quality and odd hours or at health food stores where products were often rancid and moth-filled on arrival.

Even regular supermarkets were sterile warehouses where the only lettuce was iceberg and tomatoes were more like red baseballs.

Whole Foods changed everything for the better.

There are a lot of people in America who still don’t know what organic is.

Without responsible regulation, chemical companies can’t be held accountable, no matter how much cancer and harm their products cause.

Over the years, Republicans and Democrats alike have prided themselves on moving toward deregulation.

Deregulation is touted as being good for growth, good for economies, and good for innovation.

There’s just one problem with deregulation.

Often, people, companies, and even politicians put their own gain ahead of the good of others – whether the others are their customers, their employees, their constituents, or even their country.

History has shown some people will choose to abuse the system and are willing to do anything to further their own gains.

Regulation can’t stop these people, but it’s the only tool we have to protect us and prosecute them if we catch them.

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Dick and Lenay

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