Briton jailed for messing with organics

The “One” in the name of British food company “Onefood” stood for “organic, natural and ethical,” but that turned out to be a lie by the owner, Neil Stansfield, who was sentenced to jail in September for fraud. Stansfield bought stock from a prominent retailer several times a day, then repackaged and sold it at nearly double the price, recording annual sales of up to C$4.33 million.

Stansfield evaded being caught for some time by faking invoices from organic suppliers, and entering non-organic chickens in the books as “game,” which can’t be certified as organic. Other purchases were falsely listed to avoid scrutiny from the Soil Association and Organic Farmers and Growers Ltd. BF

Better Farming - November 2009