Organic Is The Latin Word For “Grown In Pig Shit”

Missouri farmer charged in organic fraud. But I repeat myself.

A Missouri farmer and businessman ripped off consumers nationwide by falsely marketing more than $140 million worth of corn, soybeans and wheat as certified organic grains, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
The long-running fraud scheme outlined in court documents by prosecutors in Iowa is one of the largest uncovered in the fast-growing organic farming industry. The victims included food companies and their customers who paid higher prices because they thought they were buying grains that had been grown using environmentally sustainable practices.

They can pay higher prices or they can pay lower prices, but they’re not paying for “environmentally sustainable practices”.

h/t Ken (Kulak)

19 Replies to “Organic Is The Latin Word For “Grown In Pig Shit””

  1. Just one of very many? I suspect so. The local attempts I have seen have all been abject failures. Nature’s assault on on a growing crop is powerful and relentless, and the goofy rules the industry has imposed on itself almost guarantee failure. If what I have seen is common, there likely is more fraud to feed the demand.

  2. I never miss an opportunity to think out loud when facing the conventional or organic conundrum. Most recently in “Choices” here in Vancouver (organic or organic). Pecans (prices rounded): $4/100g or $8/100g. Hmmmmm, decisions DECISIONS!

    Organic fraud (but I repeat myself): cute one Kate.

  3. Where was the oversight from the “certification” body?

    not much difference than the solar companies running their diesel generators to provide power to the grid at solar rates.

  4. Since commercial “organic” farming is more political than practical, it’s okay to pay lip service to actual practices. /sarc

  5. I wonder what tipped off the authorities. Could it be the sudden spike in premature deaths of those who consumed the grains? [/sarc]

    1. What likely tipped them off was the huge amount of grain he was selling. Organic production is normally pathetically anemic at a production level that would result in widespread deprivation if it was ever adopted on a large scale.

  6. You cannot grow food commercially without fertilizer and pesticides. The whole concept is a fraud. What saves the industry besides outright fraud is that some fertilizers and pesticides are approved organic and these aren’t just dish soap and pig shit.

  7. Well those buying the fake organics will at least now know that it was safe to eat and I bet it tasted just as good as the food that they could have bought at half the price. Gullible people should should expect to be taken advantage of.

  8. “…they’re not paying for ‘environmentally sustainable practices.'”

    No they’re not. They’re paying to show off to their fellow parasites.

    I consider it morally wrong to allow parasites to eat at all, and Constant a hero for showing them up. Drop the charges, and let this be a lesson to his “victims.”

  9. I have a personal acquaintance who has a number of conventionally farmed vineyards as well as one that is organic. His view is that if some people are suckers enough to pay the higher price for the organic grapes he will be only too happy to accommodate them.

  10. He has a lousy lawyer, there is no such thing as inorganic grains,so how could claiming those foodstuffs as organic be fraud.
    In fact the real fraud is in those who seek to trademarket,”Organic food” as Kate rightly points out..
    Man needs a medal and a counter suit against this theft by court conviction.
    Truth in advertising would be a good start.
    Exposing the lie of “organic foods” would be next.