Feed Strategy - April 2018 - 35
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EU's history of fraudulent organic
grain imports, www.WATTAgNet.com/
Imported grain fraud revealed
In 2016, several conventional grain shipments made
their way from the Ukraine through Turkey and to
American ports; however, somewhere along the line,
the grain was deemed organic after the paperwork was
doctored. In addition to contaminating the organic grain
supply, the purveyors of the grain made millions of
dollars more than had they remained traditional grains.
"Who would believe there is more money in
organic commodity fraud than there is in the drug
trade for as fast as you can make your money," Bobbe
said during a panel discussion at the 2018 Midwest
Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
Organic Farming Conference.
April 2018 ❙ www.WATTAgNet.com
OFARM believes 60 to 70 percent of organic
imports may be fraudulent. "The weak link in
the whole U.S. system is that traders, brokers,
importers do not have to be certified," Bobbe said.
A shortage of inspectors, limited grain testing, weak
penalties ($11,000/ship if caught) and the fact that bills
of lading and certificates are easily doctored also add
to the problem, said Thea O'Carroll, founder, CEO and
farmer of YieldOrganic, a web-based platform that
connects organic grain producers with buyers.
Impact on consumer confidence
According to a Nielsen study, on average, 82 percent
of U.S. households purchase organic products - and