Just a few weeks ago we had an article celebrating the USDA’s plans to organically certify hemp. An organic certification on Hemp via the USDA would have been a huge step for overall legalization, but alas we are trapped in a misinformed realm driven by the mentalities of yester-year.
As some hemp farms, including Colorado-based CBDRx, had already or were in the process of securing their certifications from third-party auditors. These auditors followed a directive from the USDA’s National Organic Program staff listing what it took for hemp to be certified organic.
A week later, another directive was issued by the USDA stating that third-party auditors can no longer verify hemp operations because of lingering doubts over the legal uses of the plant.
“Organic certification of industrial hemp production at this time is premature and could be misleading to certified organic operations,” reads the document from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. It continues…
“The legality of the various uses of this product have not yet been determined. Until USDA guidance regarding industrial hemp production under the Farm Bill is completed, NOP-accredited certifying agents may not certify the domestic production of industrial hemp.”
Way to go back on what you said, huh USDA? This backtracking now leaves farms like CBDRx who have already secured their certifications in limbo. While some have paused their production until everything is cleared up, some companies are still using the USDA organic seal to market their products.
The fact that it is questionable whether a plant like hemp should or should not be considered organic is clearly ridiculous. With the amount of “organic” products the USDA questionably slaps their seal on being bought and sold daily to Americans. It’s not hard to connect the dots that once again moneymaking agendas are in control here. My guess? Monsanto isn’t too happy that a lucrative and multifaceted plant like hemp will have the same (pretty much meaningless) sticker as their factory farmed fish tank pebbles. Lets keep our fingers crossed that hemp prevails.