June 1998 Issue

USDA Answers Outcry, Alters Organic Proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture no doubt got what it wanted. In December, it proposed national organic standards, but curiously left out mention of the use of irradiation, genetically altered crops and sludge (treated sewage) as fertilizer, which agribusiness favors. But it invited public comment, going so far as to hold meetings around the country, probably knowing full well Americans wouldn’t like the omissions one bit.

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