National Organic Standards Board Adopts Pasture Guidance But USDA Staff Rejects Changes and Asks for Further Review

The Cornucopia Institute’s Senior Farm Policy Analyst Mark Kastel journeyed to Washington, D.C. for the August 15-17 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board. He was there to push for final adoption of the proposed pasture guidance for dairy cows and ruminants that would close loopholes being used by several large industrial confinement dairy farms… Read more »

Berry Farmer’s Suit Stuns Organic Goliaths

Lax labeling claim gains steam in court By Andrew Martin Tribune national correspondent August 11, 2005 HARTFORD, Maine — Arthur Harvey, an organic blueberry farmer, lives in a 168-year-old house with an outhouse out back and a solar panel on the roof, which he uses to power his computer. He doesn’t care for pesticides or… Read more »

Organic Farming Just as Productive as Conventional

Uses 30% Less Energy and Water Organic production produces the same corn and soybean yields as conventional farming, but consumes 30 percent less energy and uses no pesticides, according to a revealing new study. David Pimentel, a Cornell University professor of ecology and agriculture, concluded that the 22-year Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial, the longest… Read more »

Panel Seeks To Put Organic Loophole Out To Pasture

Wed, Mar. 02, 2005 By Andrew Martin Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON – (KRT) – Henry Perkins, an organic dairy farmer from Maine, brought a sign to Washington that read “Let Them Eat Grass.” On Wednesday, after two days of debate, a federal advisory panel on the organic industry took Perkins’ message to heart. The advisory panel… Read more »

Value Of ‘organic’ Label Debated

By Mary Bergin The Capital Times The “100 percent organic” label is the federal government’s way of defining product purity, but not all organic farmers say it’s worth the work or expense to obtain.