Agriculture Department Cancels Controversial Organic Food Changes

As I wrote in a blog entry earlier this week, changes that were slated to be made to the nation's organic food standards caused an outcry among producers and activists because they would have allowed antibiotics in dairy cows, certain chemicals in pesticides and livestock feed containing nonorganic fish meal. Now the Secretary of Agriculture, Ann M. Veneman, announced that the changes would be rescinded. They will now consult with the National Organic Standards Board to decide how to deal with the issues. This is welcome news as the changes had threatened to render the organic label meaningless.

New York Times May 27, 2004

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