When you purchase food labeled USDA Organic, you expect it to be the gold standard for health and sustainability.
Although USDA Organic remains the preeminent standard, the principles of true USDA Organic standards are unfortunately under attack. As the market for organic foods increases, large corporations are tempted to use their power and influence to weaken USDA Organic standards.
Some of today’s most critical issues threatening the integrity of USDA Organic are:
• Hydroponic production
• Enforcement of the Pasture Rule is weak
• Organic grain fraud continues
At the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in April, authentic organic farmer and former NOSB member Francis Thicke addressed these issues.
He read a powerful and well-reasoned letter to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, signed by 40 other former NOSB members, explaining these critical concerns about safeguarding organic standards.
Standing together, real organic farmers, consumers, and advocates must work to uphold the highest level of USDA Organic standards.