Below is a website where you can add your comments. It is important to let the US Department of Agriculture know that you fully support the idea of organically grown foods.
"Despite major improvements in the current proposed USDA organic standards
over what was put forth in 1998, there are a number of problems and
shortcomings in the lengthy March 8 document. Among the most obvious
problems are the following:
* So-called "natural foods" with less than 50% organic ingredients will be
allowed to list their organic ingredients on their information
panel--usually on the back of the package--even though the non-organic
ingredients of these products may be genetically engineered, irradiated,
derived from sewage sludge, or produced with pesticides, growth hormones,
* Manure from factory farms will be allowed to be used as a fertilizer on
* Although the proposed regulations on organic animal husbandry require
"access to outdoors," no clear definition of what constitutes "pasture" are
offered, nor does the USDA delineate exact space or spacing requirements
for humane housing and outdoor access for poultry, pigs, cattle, and other
* Although the USDA claim they don't intend to impose economic hardships on
organic certifiers and farmers, the added costs of USDA oversight will fall
heavily on small certifiers and farmers. The USDA should provide
accreditation services to organic certifiers free of change as well as
subsidize the costs of any farmer who wishes to become certified as
organic. Beyond this the USDA should allocate funds to pay farmers a
premium price for their products during their "transition to organic" phase
as an added incentive for the majority of farmers to begin making the
transition to sustainable and organic farming practices.
* Although genetic contamination of organic crops by "genetic drift" from
farms growing genetically engineered crops is one of the most serious
environmental threats to organic agriculture, no residue limits for genetic
contamination are delineated in the USDA's proposed federal regulations.
The USDA must hold biotechnology patent holders and seed companies
accountable and financially liable for the environmental and economic
damage inflicted on organic farmers and producers caused by genetic drift."
This information comes from the Organic Consumers Organization. email@example.com
sending an email to with the simple message subscribe in
the body of the text.
They now have 30,000 subscribers
to BioDemocracy News and Organic View. But this is just the beginning. They need your help to spread the OCA message far and wide. Join them!
And finally don't forget to send in your comments to the USDA on the
proposed national organic standards by June 12. Stay tuned to OCA website
and our newsletter for further developments.
See below for website link to USDA
For comments on organic food regulatons
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