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I have a standing offer to enter into open debate with anyone, anywhere, anytime, on the question of whether the organic industry is headed in the right direction. So far, no takers.
Here are just a few who take issue with what I say and who I have extended this offer to...
When I asked Francis Thicke to debate the merits of UN-tested organic foods versus GMOs, here's what he said...
From: Francis Thicke [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2013 8:09 PM
To: 'Mischa Popoff'
Subject: RE: Francis Thicke discusses Organic Standards
And give your absurd ideas more exposure? Not a good idea. I expect this is exactly what you are paid to do by your corporate masters. I, on the other hand, have a farm to run.
Francis is of course a member of the USDA's National Organic Standards Board which stands dead-set opposed to including GMOs in organic production while opposing organic field testing to ensure organic crops are safe and genuine. Francis is pictured here with his wife on their organic dairy farm in Fairfield, Iowa.
Probably the person most upset with what I say about the failings of the organic sector is Mark Kastel.
He remains completely unwilling to debate me in an open forum, preferring to take pot shots from the sidelines. See his Drive-By-Smear posted on the internet by The Cornucopia Institute, a pro-organic organization for which he is a "Senior Farm Policy Analyst."
Most recently, Kastel tried to get me fired form a speaking engagement in Toronto. Here's his email:
From: Mark Kastel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 11:55 AM
Subject: FW: Google Alert - "Mischa Popoff"
Mr. Mischa Popoff is widely viewed as a pariah in the organic industry. Some of his credentials are fabricated. I would highly suggest you carefully read the review we did of his specious attacks on organics, especially the fact sheet which is linked, and consider replacing him at your conference.
If you have any questions I'd be happy to discuss this with you.
Mark A. Kastel, The Cornucopia Institute
866-861-2214P.O. Box 126, Cornucopia, Wisconsin 54827
Kastel claims to support domestic, family-scale organic farmers, but does not support across-the-board field testing which will stem the tide of cheep and often fraudulent "organic" imports from abroad.
So what say you Mr. Kastel? Will you debate me?
No response yet.
Then there's Dag Falck, the Organic Program Manager for Nature's Path Foods who charges that I am "heavily biased" and who when asked why he did not support organic field testing said, "We have everything to lose and nothing to gain," which is quite telling. So much for transparency.
I have invited Mr. Falck to join me in open debate, but he has ignored the offer, preferring to take pot-shots from the sidelines. In response to the full report that Dr. Moore and I put out on the failings of the Canadian orgainc sector, Mr. Falck was part of an effort by Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia to fight back "on behalf of Canada’s 3900 organic growers and 1200 processors." He evidently fails to see the irony in admitting that there's an organic processor in Canada for every 3 organic farmers, thus proving my long-standing assertion that most of the organic food sold in Canada is imported.
Alas, the same applies for the American market. And still, organic activists like Falck and Kastel claim the organic industry helps domestic, small-scale farmers.
So what say you Mr. Falck? When will you debate me?
No response yet.
Lastly, and perhaps most interesting, is Patricia Cameron, a self-described "visionary rain maker" who is the Executive Director of Green Calgary. She also chimed in after Dr. Moore and I put out our report, saying...
We have had a number of concerns regarding your recent study into organic food and whether funders of the study included any organizations related to and or funded by industrial agricultural and/ or food processing corporations.
Rather than argue any of the points Dr. Moore and I made, Ms. Cameron goes for the whole enchilada by trying to undermine The Frontier Centre that published our report on the basis of where it receives its funding.
But no one funded our study. The Frontier Centre invited Ms Cameron to enter into a debate, but she ignored the offer. Here's what she said when I followed up with her:
I don't think the adversarial format of debate would shed any useful light on the complex and important issues we face related to our food systems.
Oh come on Ms. Cameron, why not debate me? It's the only way to arrive at the truth.
No response yet.
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Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S. and USDA-contract IOIA Organic Inspector
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute
Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Is it Organic?