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The Trouble with Organic Certification

By Alice Reinheimer
24 October, 2016 (last modified 24 October, 2016)

Yes, that is an oil well in the field! This certified Organic farm near Maricopa, California, is growing blueberries in a soil-less media. Surrounded by chemical agriculture for miles and miles, one has to wonder whether these blueberries taste like anything but oil and sand. Buyer beware – not all Organic farms are like the picture on the plastic clamshell!
Organics standards spell out what the farmer can’t use on their crops, period. They do not dictate diversity or pollinator habitat or whether the farm would be a place you would like to take your kids. Quick Lesson: if you want your food to be a certain way (healthy, for example) you should know exactly where it comes from.


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