10/07/2011 11:33:00 AMAmelia Freidline
Charles Sweat, Earthbound FarmAt Earthbound Farm, we value the opinions of credible people, even when they differ from ours.
Shame on any publication discrediting the Organic industry. My parents have and will continue to support the industry knowing what they do of the suppliersd and all the extra effort and attention put into the crops for my saftey. Our family is a strong supporter of the industry. Go Earthbound.
Dear Kelsi F.: I too am a strong supporter of the organic industry. I don't know where anyone could get the idea that I was opposed to it. I want to make it better and eliminate the fraud. Tell me, are you and your parents even aware of the amount of food from China, Mexico and Brazil that the USDA certifies? And it all goes to the store shelf to compete with the domestic, local product you and your parents produce... all without a single test to verify that it's even organic to begin with. See anything wrong with this picture? (Hint: you're killing the messenger.)
Kudos and Thanks to you for taking up the pen Mr. Sweat. You are correct. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about Mr. Popoff's outrageous misinformation and lies. Until he commits fraud, slander, or libel against someone willing to sue him, he will likely continue to run rampant with his dirty tricks.
I'm willing to debate anyone, anywhere, anytime on the serious problems inherent in the global-organic industry's system of certification. So, Mr. small farmer, Ms. Kelsi F., and yes you too Mr. Charles Sweat, please let me know what dates and times work for you. If what I am saying qualifies as misinformation, then please, by all means, launch your lawsuit. Otherwise, meet me in the field of open debate. Anytime...
What an interesting to and fro - I have no stake in this game. Mr. Sweat you note: "I could continue to address the inaccuracies in Popoff’s column, but this column will get long and boring." At what point did you actually address any point in Popoff's column which allowed you to 'continue' to address inaccuracies? Please address all Mr. Popoff's points, one-by-one (don't just wave them off with a blithe comment) as it certainly won't get long and boring, especially if it exposes the truth
This just in! By the USDA’s own admittance, “The number of results reported to the NOP in 2011 represents a sampling rate of less than 1% of certified operations.” Things go rapidly downhill from there because it turns out that “The majority of results reported to the NOP in 2011 were received from certifying agents which are headquartered outside of the United States, where periodic residue testing is a requirement under international organic standards (e.g., the EU). (See Federal Register Volume 77, Number 218, Friday, November 9, 2012, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-09/html/2012-27378.htm.) With this in mind, I wonder if Charles Sweat would be so kind as to let us know how many times his company has been subjected to a test. I sincerely hope that when he reassured everyone that "Earthbound Farm takes certification seriously," that Mr. Sweat was not merely referring to paperwork.
Almost a whole month has gone by and still no response from Mr. Sweat. Far from being "riddled with factual errors" as he claims, it would appear that none other than the USDA itself has now come out in support of everything I said in my Sept. 19 guest column which you can read here: http://www.thepacker.com/opinion/What-you-need-to-know-about-organics-129948933.html?view=all We're waiting Mr. Sweat.