The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has issued a full-page ad refuting the misleading claims in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, The Organic Industry is Lying to You, which targets the organic industry. In the accompanying press release, the OTA notes, “Organic strength is its transparency and organic farmers and businesses work hard every day to uphold the standards of organic and to honor the trust that we’ve earned from consumers everywhere.”
As organic certifiers for almost 20 years, QAI sees firsthand the hard work farmers and businesses put into attaining and maintaining organic standards. For farmers, it takes three years to convert their land from conventional to organic; it’s not something done without continual effort and vigilance.
QAI supports the OTA in refuting inaccurate claims about the organic certification process and we work tirelessly to uphold the integrity of the USDA organic standards for all businesses we work with.