Changing organic standards
If you subscribe to the Organic Consumers Association’s newsletters, you know that organic standards have been under attack for quite a while, with big companies trying to bend and stretch the laws to include all manner of non-organic ingredients under the organics label. That fight now seems to be coming to a head. The Washington Post reports that the integrity of the USDA organic label’s coming under question, pointing out the many ways organic standards have been watered down during — you guessed it — the Bush administration.
Three years ago, U.S. Department of Agriculture employees determined that synthetic additives in organic baby formula violated federal standards and should be banned from a product carrying the federal organic label. Today the same additives, purported to boost brainpower and vision, can be found in 90 percent of organic baby formula…. Under the original organics law, 5 percent of a USDA-certified organic product can consist of non-organic substances, provided they are approved by the National Organic Standards Board. That list has grown from 77 to 245 substances since it was created in 2002.
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