We believe that Certified Organic is a good thing. It’s proof that the product has been grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMOs and fertilizers. And it is a certification that lets the buyer know that the farmer who produced the product made improvements to the soil rather than just applying enough N-P-K to be able to run at the system. And it is a way to know that the farmer encouraged diversity of life on their land, because that is one of the things you have to do to be certified organic, you have to promote diversity.
We hear a lot of trash-talking about Certified Organics from farmers. It’s expense is prohibitive. It’s too much paper work. It’s a water-down standard. And, as it turns out, it is not a perfect standard; it doesn’t always fit perfectly the needs of the small producer and also the large producer. But what we usually find out, when we look at the actual standards that the trash-talkers use to justify their bad-mouthing of organics, is that they themselves aren’t up to basic organic standards. They bad-mouth organics at the same time that they themselves fall below basic organic standard expectations. The organic standard is watered down, in their opinions, but they themselves can’t meet the “watered down” organic standard.
When you are working to get to know your farmer, and they start bad-mouthing organics, we would suggest that you would be well served to ask them how well they are actually doing, without certification, in meeting the “watered down” standards they are indicting. You might be surprised to learn that they aren’t as organic or holistic or clean in their approach as they would like you to believe.