When people buy organic produce they like to assume that it has been cultivated in concert with sound and sustainable environmental principles. In fact, our current organic regulations do nothing to prevent well-funded corporations from transforming irreplaceable wildlands rich in biodiversity with large-scale and largely mono-cropped organic farms.
It is precisely land that has never been exposed to agrochemicals that can also be the most expeditiously certified as organic. As a result, it is our dwindling wildlands, greenbelts, areas that nurture unique and irreplaceable biomes rich in biodiversity, that are falling under the gaze of large scale agricultural development.
To make matters worse, the unbridled influence of Big-Ag in politics, especially during the Trump administration, is eroding the political will to enforce environmental and land-use standards when it impedes the lucrative business of organic agriculture.
According to The Organic Food Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), organic producers must preserve biodiversity. Now this principle must be vigorously defended and the regulatory loopholes that incentivize agricultural expansion at the expense of biodiversity must be closed.
Burning down rainforests to plant organic soybeans, or irrigating deserts to build a factory-farmed dairy that produces organic milk are acts that run contrary to the fundamental agroecological tenets that must continue to govern organic certification.