Organic standards weakened

June 29, 2007 at 9:44 am 4 comments

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clipped from www.democracyinaction.org

ALERT: ANOTHER SNEAK ATTACK ON ORGANIC STANDARDS: USDA TO ALLOW MORE CONVENTIONAL INGREDIENTS IN ORGANICS

Despite receiving more than ten thousand comments from consumers and family farmers opposing various aspects of a late May 2007 proposal, the USDA has approved an interim rule that will allow 38 new non-organic ingredients to be allowed in products bearing the “USDA Organic” seal.

-Anheuser Busch will be allowed to sell its “Organic Wild Hops Beer” without using any organic hops at all.

-Sausages, brats, and breakfast links labeled as “USDA Organic” are now allowed to contain intestines from factory farmed animals raised on chemically grown feed, synthetic hormones, and antibiotics.

-Products labeled as “USDA Organic” and containing fish oil may contain toxins such as PCBs and mercury (note: nonorganic fishoil products have this same risk, but despite the USDA ruling, it is against the National Organic Standards to allow such toxins in organic foods).
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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jackalope  |  July 1, 2007 at 3:46 am

    I only eat organic foods, and I was shocked when I read your post. I had no idea the organic standards were going to be watered down so much. It amazes me how corporate America’s greed has such far-reaching tentacles, and how our government agencies support them.

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  • 2. jackalope  |  July 1, 2007 at 3:53 am

    P.S. After reading this post, I went directly to the democracyinaction.org website and sent off the suggested email letter!
    Lucky for me I don’t drink beer or eat sausages.

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  • 3. dailypiglet  |  July 3, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    i’ve been wondering if all these products that are claiming to be “organic” are really in fact, organic.

    thanks for posting this.

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  • 4. stjarna67  |  July 5, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    It’s only a matter of time before the USDA teams up with the meat industry to make stickers like AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS sound appealing.

    Words like light, natural, organic and healthy have had their meanings cheapened and misrepresented on food products for years.

    I read food labels for a good laugh. My personal favorite is SERVING SIZE. Soda, for example, sometimes shows serving size for a 12 oz. can as TWO.

    Good post!

    -sj

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