The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen have written in Forbes of The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture.  This blog has considered the origins and operations of the organic certification hoax before – because it parallels the ISO/UKAS lab accreditation hoax so closely and UKAS wanted to take over organic certification.

Some of the authors’ main points are

Price premium that may be more than 100%.  Possibly higher than for UKAS accreditation.

Most pesticides are naturally produced by the plants themselves.  Like most analytical errors escape the inspection paper trail.

Contamination with genetically modified organisms is OK as long as the paperwork for the management system is correct.  Wrong results are OK as long as the lab has done what its management system says it would do.

Despite certification, organic produce remains trust-based. Yep.  It proves very little at all and therefore is a complete waste of time and money.

Think such nefarious behavior is purely theoretical? Think again. USDA reported in 2012 that 43 percent of the 571 samples of “organic” produce that were tested contained prohibited pesticide residues, and that “the findings suggest that some of the samples in violation were mislabeled conventional products, while others were organic products that hadn’t been adequately protected from prohibited pesticides.”


Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers, both because of the nature of the regulations and cheating. The old saying that you get what you pay for doesn’t apply when you buy overpriced organic products.

As organic, so accredited laboratory services.

Click through and read the full Forbes article.



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