AN INVESTIGATIVE STORY ABOUT FRAUDULENT GRAIN IMPORTS, HAPLESS USDA BUREAUCRATS AND AT-RISK AMERICAN ORGANIC GRAIN FARMERS DENIED JUSTICE. Thanks to lost markets and prices pushed down to disastrous levels, American Organic grain farmers have lost HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars thanks to mega-imports of fraudulent fake grain mislabeled as "organic."
Due to this grossly unfair competition these hardworking organic family farmers face ruin and are unceremoniously being run out of business.
The miserable and frustrating record of governmental indifference and impotence has been relentless.
Here is the key fact USDA ignores: US Customs and Border Protection is on EVERY Ship and therefore COULD check for proper paperwork.
If there is any silver lining, it is the display of grit and devotion by true American heroes – like our good friend, John Bobbe of OFARM – who have faithfully championed the position of honest American farmers by patiently working with a shockingly inept, hard-hearted and excuse-generating bureaucracy. Caleb, Megan & Jim
“'This thing gets more bizarre as you go along,' Bobbe said. 'The problem is that consumers are being potentially defrauded, and the price for farmers is going down'…
"Into this void have stepped a small number of importers, the largest based in the Black Sea region and Middle East, and fake organic grain has become a major problem.
"Consumers pay more for organic foods but may be buying products that were tainted in their growing and feeding. U.S. farmers get less for genuine organic grain when fake imports flood the market. Grain brokers, livestock farms and grocery chains are all at risk…
"Bobbe, a 67-year-old who chooses his words carefully, has watched the problem grow from a closet-like home office at his little farm near Stevens Point, Wis…
"He’s uncovered millions of bushels worth of suspect organic grain destined for the United States as director of OFARM, a Minnesota-based umbrella group for organic farmer cooperatives in the Midwest…
"He has become a nuisance to the organic industry and its regulators, but a hero to organic farmers.
"'Unless the rank and file out here in the country stay on top of it, they’ll get lost in the dust, and that’s what John is making sure doesn’t happen,' said Carmen Fernholz, an organic corn and soybean farmer west of Montevideo, Minn."
Midwest organic farmers stalk fraudulent imports that taint the market
As organic food sales continue to skyrocket, U.S. consumers might be buying products that were tainted in their growing and feeding. Grain fraud investigators like John Bobbe are trying to turn back that rising tide of counterfeit imports.