Thursday, January 10, 2008

USDA steals "Certified Naturally Grown" from small farmers

Walter Jeffries in his excellent blog Sugar Mountain Farm reports that his new label design has been rejected by the USDA for using the term Certified Naturally Grown. Trouble is, that's what his last label design used, also, and that design was approved by the USDA less than one year ago -- which as Walter points out, represents a policy change. And all this despite the fact that the term Certified Naturally Grown was developed by small farmers in reaction to the USDA stealing the term 'organic' -- which had also been developed by small farmers -- and selling it to Big Ag.

There's really no getting around it. The USDA is bought and paid for by Big Ag. Everything they do, they do with the interests of Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, and other major industrial agriculture corporations firmly in mind.

1 comment:

Quim said...

This is a common problem with the fed's arguably unconstitutional regulatory agencies. The FDA & FCC are pretty much just tools of the industries they are meant to regulate, too. These agencies are administered by people who are not elected and are not answerable to the voter yet they are able to, essentially, legislate.
It's enough to make you want to become a libertarian.
oh wait.....