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Certified All Natural Inc.
PO Box 1596
5007 57th Street
Stettler, Alberta
T0C 2L0

email:  ancna@allnaturalcertified.org

 

All Natural Certified Agricultural Production

 

As the market for healthy affordable food increases, so do the requirements and obligations of the primary producer. Laws become stricter, documentary requirements are greater and the agencies that certify production have been overcome by the mountains of paperwork that must be completed in order to comply with the new government regulations. The government regulations would not be a bad thing if all governments could get in line and say, ďOK, Organic is one industry, so the worldwide production will all be done according to one standardĒ. The reality of the situation is that every government has its own regulation, although many try to harmonize through equivalencies, we are left with NOP, IFOAM, EU, Canada, JAS, Chile, Argentina, etc.

While all are similar, there are differences in each that make it very difficult to comply with all simultaneously, which is very important in the case of export production.

A great deal of time and money is spent going around in circles trying to prove that this product complies or that one does not, etc. Small producers cannot afford the costs of an agricultural method that was designed to give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace, precisely since they must spend so much money on certification and time doing paperwork. Sustainable agriculture just isnít sustainable anymore under these conditions.

Another disadvantage of government legislation in this respect is that while conventional agriculture is able to use toxic products without any intervention, if an organic farmer makes a mistake (for example, he makes compost but does not do it exactly as specified, then he is actually working under false pretext and is liable to prosecution for fraud), or does not complete his paperwork on time he is liable to sanctions by the certifier or by government. It is not really a healthy environment in which to work. While many argue that these measures are necessary to assure healthy production, it is absolutely untrue and counterproductive. Moreover, it appears these laws are really the product of constant lobbying (and possibly bribery) by the mega-corporations that produce the toxic chemicals and genetically engineered organisms. It also appears their sole purpose is to make healthy food production so difficult and fraught with risk that farmers will eventually abandon healthy production methods in favor of conventional methods, reducing the competition to zero. This also means that the small family farm is disappearing and we are actually headed back to feudal type of social structure; ownership of land will fall into corporate hands and farm workers will become the serfs working under these agricultural barons.

We believe that change is required in order to deal with these situations. Organic production is dying in part due to regulations.

We understand that if people want healthy, affordable food, then it should be made available to them. We think that the small family farm is necessary to achieve this end. Our goal is to provide a production system for farmers, especially the small family farm that will be both healthy and sustainable, while avoiding the pitfalls associated with organics.

We want small farmers to stay on the land, we want healthy food and we want to create value added products to achieve this end. Obviously we must be pragmatic about what we can allow and what we cannot and we must have a system that inspires confidence on behalf of the consumer who is, in the end, the person who will validate our production methods and evaluate on the basis of quality and affordability.

We believe that many things that are currently prohibited for organic production are not necessarily bad or unsustainable, but are prohibited by political requirement or possibly by vested interests. Our system will provide alternatives in order avoid this.

 

Tenets of the All Natural Certified Agricultural System

 

Sustainable agriculture is only sustainable if people can understand it. Clarity as to why something is prohibited while others of similar nature are allowed is the point here.

We have rescued many of the points made by organic agriculture with regard to cultivation and harvest methods, while we do allow some things that organic agriculture does not.

1-     Lower cost certification

To lower certification costs, it is necessary to decrease documentary requirements and frequency of control. As new Organic laws require more frequent controls (as many as 4 reports per year), we propose an annual inspection.

 

2-     Production methods

We will allow the use of methods that will permit a farmer to get a crop, such as a burn off of stubble fields in the spring to inhibit weed seed germination and in special cases we are analyzing the use of a chemical application that will be used for this same purpose.

 

3-     Use of Biotechnology

Some biotechnology is essentially benign. Drought resistant and frost resistant plant varieties can be of great advantage in areas where seasons are short. These varieties, as long as they are free market available and have 100% plant based genes can be used. Frankenfood varieties such as herbicide or insect resistant will not be allowed.

 

4-     Fertilization

Chemical fertilization methods are not necessarily bad, but should only be used as supplementary nutrition and not as the primary source. Anhydrous ammonia hardens soil and should not be used, while potassium may be included. These are currently under analyses, but generally natural nitrates and other mined products will be allowed.

 

5-     Sanitary management

This will include pesticides such as pyrethrum and allow for safe management of rats and mice. Non-mercurial seed treatments will be allowed.

     

6-     Traceability

Important to consumers, this will assure that all will know where a given product was produced and the methods involved.

7-     Processing

Care will be taken with processors to assure that only non-toxic materials and adjuvants will be used. Non contamination will also be an important factor.

 

8-     Seal

Producers and processors who are certified will be allowed the use of our seal

 

9-     Animal husbandry

A set of guidelines regarding ethical management and treatment of animals during all facets of the animalís life will be included. Also measures will be presented regarding the slaughter facilities and packing plants to assure as little suffering as possible and allow for healthier foods.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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