Consulting and expert testimony
Would you believe I have sat in on strategy meetings and had defense lawyers tell me they tried to get a copy of an annual organic inspection report but were denied? “Denied?” I ask. “What do you mean ‘denied’?”
Usually, it’s only after a judgment has been handed down that I hear about cases where honest, hard-working farmers and other business people have been wrongly sued by organic activists. And as a former organic farmer and inspector, I’m always left scratching my head, wondering why the lawyer for the defense did not bring himself up-to-speed on the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) so as to more effectively respond to the activist community’s specious claims.
If an organic farmer claims his fields are being contaminated, it will – I guarantee you – be mentioned somewhere in his inspection report, written by an independent organic inspector for one of the many accredited agents of the USDA. Otherwise the claim is without basis. And there can be no claim of privacy for the organic farmer if he’s filing suit.
A surprising number of people actually believe they are not allowed to see a complainant’s inspection report.
They are also surprised to learn that if an organic inspector tries to help by supporting an organic farmer's unfounded claim, he could find himself facing litigation and jeopardize his career.
I am an expert in reading and interpreting organic inspection reports. So please put out the word that there is someone with first-hand experience who worked as a USDA-contract organic inspector who can help with ongoing and upcoming cases of this type.
You’ll be surprised just how baseless most of these cases really are.
Author Michael Crichton put it best when he coined the phrase "environmentalism as religion." And no one has the right to impose their religion on anyone else!