When people buy organic produce they assume it has been cultivated in concert with sound agroecological principles. Unfortunately, our current organic regulations do nothing to prevent well-funded corporations from turning some of our most precious and biodiverse wildlands into organic-certified monocropped farms.
Because wild ecosystems have never been exposed to agrochemicals they can quickly be certified as organic.This makes them particularly attractive to corporate startups seeking to launch large scale organic agricultural projects.
The Organic Food Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) states that organic producers must conserve biodiversity.This principle must now be defended viforously, and the regulatory loopholes that incentivize the loss of preciously biodiverse wildlands must be closed.
Burning down rainforests to plant organic soybeans, or irrigating deserts to build factory-farmed organic dairies runs contrary to the fundamental bio-stewardship tenets that must govern organic certification.