The Bad News About the Organic Industry



bad news about organic industryMark Lipson, a research associate for organic agriculture policy studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz, also rejects the simple big-guys-are-ruining-organics narrative. “The idea that the organic standards have been watered down and the corporate players just want to make it easier for themselves is glib and inaccurate.” Yes, there are imperfections in the USDA system, says Lipson, a longtime farmer and the first paid employee at California Certified Organic Farmers, one of the oldest certification agencies in the country. “It would be nice if the standards evolved at a faster rate,” he says, “but being embodied in a federal regulatory structure doesn’t always make that easy to do.”

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