The USDA National Organics Program (NOP) is supposed to be about protecting our organic food supply, and ensuring that what we rely on as good, clean food stays that way. But is the NOP really doing its job in the wake of the radiation threat emanating from Japan?
According to Ethan Huff of Natural News,
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to release new data showing that various milk and water supply samples from across the US are testing increasingly high for radioactive elements such as Iodine-131, Cesium-134, and Cesium-137, all of which are being emitted from the ongoing Fukushima Daiichia nuclear fallout. As of April 10, 2011, 23 US water supplies have tested positive for radioactive Iodine-131, and worst of all, milk samples from at least three US locations have tested positive for Iodine-131 at levels exceeding EPA maximum containment levels (MCL).
Cows eat contaminated grass, drink contaminated water, and lo and behold, we find radioactive elements in their milk. So, I contacted Shannon Nally of the NOP, to find out if the USDA is performing any testing of organic milk for radiation contamination. Her response was “there is no required testing for radioactive particles in organic milk.” I then asked her if the NOP has any plans for such testing and her response was “there are no plans to do so.”
So, head in the sand, the NOP falls in line with the official government policy of see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil, even if it means promoting radioactive milk with the USDA Certified Organic seal of approval.
© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson