The article below is EXACTLY why we must support local farmers and know who our farmer is and how they are growing. "Organic" is next to meaningless today when you consider that "Organic" is a very profitable niche based solely on trust. Is your agricultural conglomerate "farmer" that provides "fresh," "Organic" produce, shipped on average of 1500 miles, growing their food "organically" because they believe it is healthier for the consumer and the environment? Or are they doing it simply because it's a niche that can keep them in business. If it is the latter, than what is keeping them from compromising? It certainly isn't the certification of "Organic" because they can get around that (ridiculous and flimsy that the standards actually are). In many cases it's the mighty dollar that motivates them and compromising is exactly what they end up doing!
Read the article below, then read The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollard and learn about the "Organic" farmers that admittedly don't believe in what they are doing and are motivated simply by profits.
Knowing your farmer and eating locally and seasonally is the only way to ensure that you are getting pure food.