In the U.S. today wildlands and rural areas home to unique and biodiverse ecosystems are being targeted for transformation into mega-farms by large-scale organic agricultural producers eager to meet a growing demand for organic-certified produce and products.
Since land that has never been exposed to agrochemicals is also the most quickly certified as organic, it is also very attractive to corporate agribusiness interests.
Large-scale organic regenerative agriculture is possible, but only if environmental practices are regulated via strict organic certification. Under the corrupt influence of the Trump administration, those environmental regulations are being loosened by agribusiness and chemical interests pulling the strings at the Whitehouse. Powerful corporate interests are being emboldened to evade animal rights and land-use regulations on newly-certified “organic” industrial agriculture projects.
In order to protect the viability of the organic label we must strengthen the land and soil stewardship regulations associated with its certification. It must signify more than just non-genetically-modified, pesticide and antibiotic-free plants and animals, but also plants and animals humanely-grown and raised on farms whose very existence destroys the land’s precious biodiversity. Burning down rainforests in order to plant vast fields of mono-cropped “organic” soybeans, or describing milk from factory-farmed animals as somehow “organic” runs contrary to the ethical and environmental tenets most shoppers still associate with the label.