Will USDA Water Down Organic Standards?
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has an idea … let’s change the regulations to allow some eight substances that are now prohibited for use in organic beef production. Why do they want to do this? We can only surmise that with organic producers concerned about being able to meet supply demands that these will allow more companies to offer “organic” beef. However, the bigger issue is whether allowing these substances dilutes the long-term growth of the organic beef industry, the end product itself and produces even more consumer confusion about what organic is and is not.