An Organic Drift
November 4, 2005

An Organic Drift

The New York Times Editorial Organic food has become a very big business, with a 20 percent annual growth rate in sales in recent years. But popularity has come at a price. Ever since 2002, when the Department of Agriculture began its program of national organic certification, there has...

What Is Organic? Powerful Players Want a Say
November 1, 2005

What Is Organic? Powerful Players Want a Say

The New York Times By MELANIE WARNER Customers at McDonald’s restaurants in New England are about to get something a little different when they order coffee. Through a deal with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Newman’s Own, McDonald’s will soon be serving a coffee that comes from organic beans...

Over 100 Groups and Businesses Ask Agriculture Secretary Johanns to Intervene on Pasture Issue
November 1, 2005

Over 100 Groups and Businesses Ask Agriculture Secretary Johanns to Intervene on Pasture Issue

More than 100 groups and businesses have jointly signed a letter to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns asking him to intervene on the organic pasture issue. Those signing the letter represent a range of organic businesses and food cooperatives as well as farm, consumer, animal rights, social justice and environmental...

Controversy Surrounds Organic Regs
October 28, 2005

Controversy Surrounds Organic Regs

The Capitol Press Friday, October 21, 2005 A loophole in the national organic standards that is allowing a handful of large dairies in arid parts of the West to produce milk labeled as “organic” with only token access to pasture needs to be closed, say many organic farmers and...

Critics Fear USDA Will Be Cowed By Large Dairies
October 19, 2005

Critics Fear USDA Will Be Cowed By Large Dairies

Loophole remains in `organic’ definition By Andrew Martin Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau (link no longer available) Published October 19, 2005 WASHINGTON — Seven months after a federal advisory board sought to close loopholes to ensure that organic dairy cows are raised in pastures, rather than in confined pens, the...

Organic Food Producers Lose Ground to Imports
October 14, 2005

Organic Food Producers Lose Ground to Imports

Market has been seen as a niche for small U.S. farms By PHILIP BRASHER DES MOINES REGISTER (link no longer available) WASHINGTON BUREAU Advocates tout organic food as a salvation for small U.S. farms. But more and more, organic food isn’t American at all. The apples included. Companies are cutting...

FDA Head Crawford Resigns Under Ethical Cloud
October 4, 2005

FDA Head Crawford Resigns Under Ethical Cloud

No one is more responsible than Dr. Lester Crawford for the 10+ years of delay before the USDA would allow the word “organic” to appear on packages of meat. While heading up the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) at the USDA, during the G. H. W. Bush Administration, he...

The Fractured State of the Organic Community
September 26, 2005

The Fractured State of the Organic Community

An Open Letter From Jim Riddle (Mr. Riddle is an organic farmer, inspector and current Chair of the NOSB) Dear friends and colleagues, I am very concerned by the fractured state of the organic community. I have farmed organically since 1980 and been an organic inspector since 1986. In...

Organic Milk Shortage Sends U.S. Companies Looking Overseas
September 22, 2005

Organic Milk Shortage Sends U.S. Companies Looking Overseas

Strong and growing consumer demand for organic milk and organic dairy products is pushing dairy product producers to seek imports. The following story from New Zealand highlights the issue. US firm wants Fonterra’s organic milkpowder New Zealand Herald September 22, 2005 An American dairy farm is asking the New...

Does Organic Imply Grazing?
September 16, 2005

Does Organic Imply Grazing?

New York Times By MARIAN BURROS September 14, 2005 JOHN MACKEY, chairman of Whole Foods Market, with the buying power of his 173 stores across the country behind him, said in a telephone interview yesterday that he wants the Department of Agriculture to strengthen its standards for organic milk....

GOT ORGANIC MILK?
September 14, 2005

GOT ORGANIC MILK?

MAYBE NOT! BY Jim Slama When you pick up organic milk at your local grocery, you probably have visions of happy cows, frolicking in a beautiful pasture, chewing their cuds and basically hanging out. You may be surprised to learn that this may not necessarily be the case. In...

USDA Secretary Asked to Clean Up Organic Mess
September 8, 2005

USDA Secretary Asked to Clean Up Organic Mess

WASHINGTON DC: A letter addressed to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, from The Cornucopia Institute, today asked the Secretary to personally intervene in rebuilding the once promising collaborative environment that existed between the organic community and its regulators. In its letter, the Cornucopia Institute called the current working relationship between...

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