The organic standard was created around the ideas of preserving the life in the soil. But it appears to have morphed into a debate over what sprays farmers can use. What sprays we can not use. What substances can be added to the processed and packaged organic foods, etc… The most unfortunate part of the organic standard is that it is determined and approved by a board of bureaucrats.
The basic concept of the organic standard has changed and thus educating people about its origin is proper. Any organic farm that is destroying the life in their soil with their farming practices is not really an organic farm. The most simple factor in determining if produce is safe to eat is to understand a farms growing practices. A label on food that says organic most likely does not mean what people think it means.
Let us remember that organic farming should mimic nature by preserving life. We have written about our farming practices and invite you to learn more.
Having written previous posts regarding the subject Organic, we hope its clear that the standard has lost its purity. It has become acquainted with too many substances that make it less than safe. The origins of Organic were most likely pure and we applaud those that started the movement for safe food. Unfortunately, Organic is becoming more of a overpriced label rather than a benchmark for safe food.
We are focused on sound sustainable principles which will ensure our produce is safe. While staying focused on safe farming practices, we are very close to becoming a biodynamic farm. A Biodynamic farm produces safe food but the term is not in the mainstream vernacular.
Support a farm that is open about its farming practices by purchasing produce from our Farm Market.
The most common fallacy regarding Organic food is that it is not sprayed with pesticides. There are a variety of chemical sprays that are approved in the Organic standard. Rotenone is among the approved Organic sprays. Research has discovered Rotenone to be highly dangerous. A label does not necessarily ensure safer food. What ensures safer food are safe farming practices.
What we are finding at La Nay Ferme is that plants do not need to be sprayed with any substance if the soil is healthy. When we do have bugs on our plants we realize that the soil is weak. Our process is to pull out the infested plants and rebuild the health of the soil before replanting a new plant family. With this simple process we believe we are strengthen our soil and growing safe food for our patrons.
What we believe will make food safer to eat is building farms based on sustainable farming practices, not a label.
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Losing Faith in Organic Food
I am not against an Organic food label. I highly favor food that is safe to eat. What I am against is putting my faith in a label that is the standard of bureaucrats. And what I have learned about bureaucrats is that they lack standards.
So much power lies in the pockets of the consumer but we continually capitulate our sovereignty to corrupt bureaucrats. In return, they create powerful propaganda that sounds sweet and lovely. We repeat their propaganda like a forest of mockingbirds. Unfortunately, too many times we are repeating expressions that lack reality.
A simple truth is that the Organic standard continues to erode and is actually hurting small farms. Listen here to other pure food experts; one who thinks the Organic label is a fraud and another that provides the proof. A simple solution to ensure we eat safe food would be to stop supporting factory farms, Organic or Conventional, and connect ourselves with a small local farm.
The Organic Food Question
I am often questioned if our food is Organic. My direct answer is no. I don’t know all the details of Organic or the Organic label. But I do know that the Organic Certification is approved by the USDA. And after 3 years of farming I have decided that there are other things that are more important than a Government approved label.
What is more important to me than the Organic label? The top of my list is to create a farm with extremely healthy soil. Also more important is eating produce that has not lost its nutritional value. I would even add not eating produce that is grown by a factory farm subsidized by my tax dollars.
La Nay Ferme was created out of a passion and love for quality, safe, clean, healthy produce. I believe the American people are being oversold on Organic and missing other very important factors in the value of their food. I suggest that if you care about eating healthy produce, than connect yourself with a local farmer and reconsider putting faith in a label.
This is your invitation to connect with a farm that is growing produce following sustainable practices.