An organic egg scorecard
Large-scale producers insist that their industrial model of food production — regardless of its inherent monoculture (lack of biodiversity), dependence on inputs imported from off the farm, and dependence on confinement systems for livestock, etc. — can be applied to organics. For them, organic is nothing more than a set of standards developed in 2002 by the United States Department of Agriculture, which opens the door to higher profits from consumers who are willing to pay more. Some industry lobbyists play the same games trying to develop or exploit loopholes in the organic standards in the same way that their fellow tax attorneys attempt to manipulate and exploit the tax code for corporate benefit.For most organic farmers and consumers, organic is much more than a set of federal regulations — it is a farm management system, an agricultural philosophy, and a way of life. Unfortunately, family farmers who believe in the ecological principles of organic agriculture, such as diversity and the interdependence of soil, crops, animals and people, cannot compete with the prices offered by industrial organics and are being placed at a distinct competitive disadvantage.
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