[Market-farming] "organic": actual USDA regulations

Pat Meadows pat at meadows.pair.com
Wed Jul 25 07:56:26 EDT 2007

On Tue, 24 Jul 2007 16:01:56 -0400, you wrote:

> "sals" <sals3 at cox.net> wrote the truth and did it well, but I would wonder 
>at the possibilities of trading the hassel and expence of certification for 
>the opportunity to build on retail direct to the consumer using a beyond 
>organic moniker. To be certified is to be no better than the mega growers 
>like Earthbound, Horizon or "Mission Organics, a supplier to Natural 
>Selection Foods"( the most likely supplier of the problem sipnach) which I 
>think I can assure you that the organic founders never had in mind.
>I think the organic founders had in mind that the consumer should know their 
>grower, visit his farm, see his work, understand his pholisophy, and buy his 
>product; to think that having the government list the hoops to be jumped 
>through to gain the use of a magic word thereby imporving the diet and 
>health of the nation is utter bullshud.

Eliot Coleman suggested the term 'authentic food' for this purpose and for
the reasons you describe.

See:  http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/main/authentic/authentic.html

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live under the laws of justice and mercy." - Wendell Berry 

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