Organic Fraud

South Dakota man indicted for $71 million organic grain fraud

The second large-scale organic fraud case in the Midwest in under a year has highlighted ongoing concern. Between 2012 and 2018, businessman Kent Duane Anderson deceived food distributors and brokers into believing his non-organic grains and seeds were organic. Fifty-year-old Anderson pocketed $11 million ($25 million profit) and purchased a multi-million dollar Florida home, an […]

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Grain growers seek Irish ban on palm and GMO feed products

In addition, the grain could contain pesticides Ireland has banned for years. “Irish supermarketsshould lead the way and plan to clear their shelves of palm kernels, palm oil, GMO soya [byproducts] and GMO maize-related products within a year,” the group said. Irish grain farmers, concerned about the decline of tillage acreage as well as global […]

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USDA officials said they were guarding against organic food fraud. Congress decided they need help.

New regulations on blocking fraudulent “organic” food imports into the U.S. went into effect in late December, as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. America imports organic corn, soybeans, and coffee from 100 different countries—but recently many of those shipments have proven not to be organic. Millions of pounds of “organic” corn and soybeans were […]

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Revoked Midwest farm allegedly sold 150,000 bushels of fake “organic” corn

State agriculture department says if additional buyers had not been contacted, alleged fraudulent sales would not have been uncovered

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Missouri farmer charged in $140M organic grain fraud scheme

A farmer and business owner from Chillicothe, Missouri has pleaded guilty to marketing over $140 million of corn, wheat, and soybeans as organic when at least 90 percent of the crops were non-organic. Randy Constant deceived at least ten customers between 2010 and mid-2017; he recruited three Nebraska farmers into the scheme, who grew crops […]

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