Monday, December 31, 2007

Better Testing for Organic

"An organic farmer and farm inspector is calling for better testing of food before it can be sold as organic.

Mischa Popoff of Osoyoos, B.C., said the government certification by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is not adequate.

Given that organic food has become a billion-dollar business, "somebody's cheating," he said, and the CFIA is just rubber stamping paperwork.

In a recent posting on the Consumer's Association of Canada website, Popoff said "organic food isn't tested." Instead, the CFIA relies on honour-based self-auditing, and checks receipts for approved inputs like manure, used by organic farmers rather than chemical fertilizers."

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