Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
The article Monday referring to the new feria verde at CEMACO said that all products will be organic. I believe that will prove incorrect.
All existing feria verdes and organic markets only sell dairy products that are not organic. All livestock producers in Costa Rica buy commercial feed concentrate that primarily contains genetically modified corn and soy, which would prevent the products from being called organic. Additionally, the existing outlets for organic food permit dairy animals to receive pharmaceutical injections that would warrant the milk being taken off the market for at least a month in the U.S.
I haven’t done quite as much research on the “alternative” egg and meat operations in Costa Rica, but I suspect that you will find most egg producers selling at the existing organic venues, are feeding their chickens genetically modified corn and probably using antibiotics whenever necessary. I have lived in Costa Rica for almost eight years and have yet to find a credible organic livestock operation here, and in the case of the goat milk in particular, the goat milk at the supermarkets is cleaner than that sold at ferias verdes and other green outlets.
I have found that many of the claimed organic fruit and vegetable producers in Costa Rica are legitimate however.
San Isidro, Heredia