April 2000 Issue

New and Improved Proposal for National Organic Standards

Rules for national organic standards have been proposed—again. This time it appears the government has seen the light. After unveiling its long-awaited original proposal more than two years ago (see EN, February 1998), the U.S. Department of Agriculture faced stiff opposition from organic farmers, environmental groups and consumers who demanded changes be made. They were. In particular, consumers demanded and got a specific ban on the use of genetically modified crops, irradiated foods

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