Glad to hear of your progress in supplying folks with good food.
At 08:05 PM 1/21/98 -0500, you wrote:
>When Fritz from the Netherlands asked about the views of non-organic
>certified farmers, I couldn't resist. We run a cattle and sheep
>operation here in Ohio, which by the new rules would qualify as
>organic. Currently, we do not meet the local (Ohio Ecological Food and
>Farm Assoc.) rules for organic. We accept that; certification is a
>difficult problem for large commercial producers of meat, but it should
>be. The value-added of "organic" is that it represents an entire
>world-view of the way food should be produced. The new rules make it
>just another marketing ploy.
>When I reread the portion of the 1990 Farm Bill that initiated the rules
>process, I thought "Who's idea was this?" It is clear from the purpose
>of Title XXI that "national standards...to facilitate interstate
>commerce" only serves large producers who need to put their product in
>a box, ship it across the country, and sell it to a target market
>guaranteed by the "organic" label. If you are running a CSA or selling
>at the local farm market, you can look your customers in the eye and
>they connect you directly to their food supply.
>When these rules pass, as I am sure they will, you can bet on the
>appearance next spring of Green Giant Organic frozen entrees.
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