When people buy organic dairy products or fresh produce they likely assume that it has been produced or grown in a humane or sustainable manner. But the sad fact is that our current organic regulations do nothing to prevent corporations from transforming irreplaceable wildlands into mono-cropped “organic” mega-farms, or labeling the milk of factory farmed animals as “organic”.
Since it is land that has never been exposed to agrochemicals that is also the most quickly and easily certified as organic, some of the most pristine wildlands are being targeted for transformation into large scale organic farms by an industry eager to meet the growing demand for organic produce and products.
To make matters worse, with corruption now at epic levels under the Trump administration, wealthy corporations are also free to evade both animal rights and land use regulations, employing environmentally and ethically questionable industrial farming practices on certified “organic” farms. In order to protect the viability of the organic label its use must once again be restricted to farms and dairies who are fully committed to both regenerative and humane agriculture.
According to The Organic Food Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), an organic producer must also preserve biodiversity. Burning down rainforests to plant “organic” soybeans, or labelling the milk from factory-farmed mega-dairies as “organic” runs contrary to the core ethical and regenerative tenets that most shoppers would associate with the organic label. The regulatory loopholes, therefore, that now incentivize profit at the expense of biodiversity and animal welfare must now be quickly closed.