Cornucopia and OCA Slam Industry and USDA for Violating Organic Standards?
watchdog organization, announced it has formally requested the USDA's Office of
Inspector General (OIG) to investigate corruption at its National Organic
Program resulting in the use of illegal synthetics in organic food and then
allowing powerful corporations to "game the system" for approval "after the
The controversy surrounds products developed by Martek Biosciences
Corporation. Martek, part of a $12 billion Dutch-based conglomerate, recently
petitioned for approval of its genetically modified soil fungus and algae as
nutritional supplements in organic food.
Martek's formulated oils are processed with synthetic petrochemical solvents
in a blend containing a myriad of other synthetic chemicals. Supplements derived
from these oils, commonly marketed as DHA and ARA, are being added to milk,
infant formula and other organic foods by such companies as Dean Foods
(Horizon), Abbott Laboratories (Similac) and Nurture, Inc. (Happy Baby).
"This is a long-standing controversy that the USDA seems to think is just
going to go away," said Mark A. Kastel, Codirector of the Wisconsin-based