I'm wondering if anyone else is trying to figure out the USA Certified Organic label only to get it home and it's grown outside the USA? I try my hardest to buy local and when I relent and go to my grocery store, I'm so disappointed in the choices.. Anyone else?
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Here in South Africa, the term is mostly meaningless because there's little enforcement. Every little market calls itself an "organic" market.
And to add to this issue, there is the recent legislation allowing the unlimited growth of GMO alfalfa. GMO seeds are a threat to biodiversity. First corn, then soy, and now this. Our food chain is unfortunately directly connected to the political interests that are in turn connected to agribusiness.
Frankly I don't have a problem with organic products grown in Mexico. It's the "certified" part that is troubling. If your name ends in Midlands Daniel you already know what I'm talking about.
Another fascinating and informative conversation centered around the Food Politics: A New Farm Bill for 2011 can be heard at
http://kuow.org/program.php?id=22732 Dan Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill" speaks and it gives us the history - how Big Ag took over and what is missing now.