The BC Ministry of Agriculture recently proposed legislation that would limit the use of the word organic in the marketplace to farmers who are certified organic. No need to provide you with this farmer's analysis, however. The Ministry's news release speaks volumes. It is included in its entirety below.
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2015
BC Ministry of Agriculture
Plans underway to regulate use of a word pertaining to the kind of farming popular with your neighbour who does yoga
VICTORIA – The Ministry of Agriculture is consulting with the agriculture sector responsible for that $8 head of broccoli you bought at Whole Foods last week about proposed legislation that will restrict the use of the word in question to farmers who are certified.
In keeping with the spirit of the proposed legislation, the Ministry, lacking any such certification, will henceforth refrain from using the word, starting with this press release. If there is yet any confusion about which word we mean, it's the one your single friend Abby uses to describe the ideal way that meeting a guy should happen, as opposed to online dating sites, which are so forced and artificial.
The proposed restriction is intended to address a number of concerns voiced by BC's certified [redacted] farmers:
1. The regular misuse of the term by non-certified farmers at market who associate their free-range eggs with the word, but fail to realize the conventional feed their birds eat is genetically modified, and who have no idea how much of a pain in the ass it is to reapply for certification each year.
2. The ever-deepening confusion of consumers, who are simply trying to find some food that has never, like, ever, been sprayed.
3. It just isn't fair.
The Ministry recognizes that this legislation will produce winners and losers. It will be particularly challenging for those who have practiced [redacted] agriculture for years, but whose operation is too small to justify certification costs. To them, we'll quote a famous American Secretary of Agriculture: Get Big or Get Out! Or, consider learning Canada's other official language, which will allow you to describe your farm products as très, très biologique.
Requiring [redacted] certification would assure consumers the products they purchase are grown using recognized [redacted] practices, and promote the highest standards of [redacted] production in B.C. Currently, companies with [redacted] products produced, handled, and sold exclusively within B.C., may choose to participate in the BC Certified [redacted] Program, which is administered by the Certified [redacted] Association of BC.
B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick –
“I'm very pleased to announce this legislation, which should be very good for the, well, the sector in question. I'm not supposed to use the word, but it's the sector most associated with food that is naturally grown. Well, except for food that's Certified Naturally Grown. Oh, I know. It's the word also used to denote the type of chemistry that involves carbon. Or is it the type of chemistry that doesn't involve carbon? Shit.”