The hostile takeover of the food system by corporations like Monsanto (now Bayer) and Pepsi (the largest U.S. "food" company) has caused a crisis for independent farmers. Under the rallying cry of "Get big or get out," family farms have been massacred.
Organic looked like a life-preserver. Consumers were willing to pay a premium for food that was certified as free of toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and synthetic fertilizers. Farmers thought they might be able to actually get paid what it cost them to produce the food.
But, the same corporations that created the wasteland that is industrial agriculture have moved in on organic, too. (Bayer's bought up organic seeds!) They've turned organic into a trap, so that they can continue with their controlled demolition of the food supply and keep pushing us towards a farmerless future of soylent-green-like lab creations and 3-D-printed Frankenfoods.
The organic trap works like this:
1. They get the smart, hardworking independent farmers to invest in regenerative organic farm systems to earn the "USDA Organic" label.
2. Then they slap the same "USDA Organic" label on the stuff coming from "organic" factory farms run by big corporate bad actors.
3. When the real organic farmers can't compete, they get bought out by the big fakes.
4. Another independent farmer bites the dust and the corporations are one step closer to the farmerless food system they dream of.
The good news is that the real organic farmers are fighting back.