Heartland Institute Policy Advisor, Mischa Poppoff joins Canada AM to discuss the organic industry in Canada. Until 2009 the USDA national organic program was the effective standard for all of North America. Now that Canada is no longer held to this standard things have actually gotten worst, because they no longer have to test the organic crops to make sure nobody is cheating using the term organic.
He then points out when people buy from a grocery store most of the organic food is most likely imported from places like China, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. The reliance that it is certified is based on an arbitrary audit trail. It does not have to be tested to certify it under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Essentially they are renting out its name so consumers can believe the food they are choosing is organic when there is about a 50/50 chance its domestic. Ultimately, the only way somebody can really insure their food is organic is to either grow it yourself or visit a farm because buying organic from a grocery store in Canada does not mean it’s organic.
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