In order to make things fair, standards need to be lowered
July 2, 2007
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided that non-organic substances can be included in organic food products and still be called USDA Certified Organic. They opened a comment period to allow consumers to whine if they want.
“The organic market is a big one and it’s time for the major food companies to be able to compete with the small scale organic farmers,” said USDA Secretary of Agriculture Johanns. “We need a level playing field and it’s too tough for industrial Ag to weed the fields and raise pigs in a pasture and only use organic products to produce USDA Certified Organic foods. It’s not fair to the big companies and fairness is what we want. So we’re lowering the standards so they can compete with these pesky mom and pop dirt farmers who do everything hands-on. Crazy bastards. That’s just no way to run a farm let alone an industry.”
Now that organic food has caught on with consumers afraid of Mad Cow disease, milk and meat produced with synthetic hormones and imported Chinese foodstuffs laced with poisons and toxic chemicals; big industry has a big interest in selling certified organic products. And the USDA wants them to be able to. So after years of protectionism and market development fostered by small fledgling organic farmers and food co-ops its time for them to back-down and get more flexible.
The Secretary says USDA Certified Organic foods that contain non-organic fish oil, sausage casings, rice starch and whey protein; in addition to non-organic colorings, flavors and other additives is A-OK with him. “Having a little melamine, antifreeze and asbestos in food is actually desirable,” said USDA Secretary Johanns. “Look how many Chinese there are. If this stuff was really unhealthy they’d only have half their actual population.”
“I don’t think this is such a good idea,” said dirt farmer Bob Tom of Wayback, Iowa. “I always kind of figured that if you call something organic then it ought to be organic. I guess I’m easily confused.”
Said Secretary Johanns, “Damn betcha you are. Now loosen up.”
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