<<I've seen/heard it mentioned that these 200,000 (give or take) comments
were the most ever received on a rule proposed by a federal agency.
<<Can anyone confirm this?>
This figure comes straight from the USDA press release, specifically:
--- Release No. 0205.98 Andy Solomon (202) 720-4623 email@example.com Brad Marman (202) 720-8998 firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA TO MAKE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN REVISED PROPOSED RULE ON ORGANIC STANDARDS
WASHINGTON, May 8, 1998--Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make fundamental revisions to its proposed national organic standards as a result of the 200,000 comments USDA received on the initial proposal. "USDA is committed to developing national organic standards that organic farmers and consumers will embrace," Glickman said. "Thousands of commenters requested that USDA issue revised proposed standards, and we intend to do so. Most importantly, the revised proposal will contain fundamental changes from our initial draft." <etc. ----
If you have more questions on this, you could likely contact the two people shown above on the press release. For instance, I'd be curious (a) what the exact number is (b) if they've counted them all or there are some left to count (c) if it included emails and web site comments (which it should, but just to confirm).
<<This would mean that the protest to the organic rule has been greater than anything produced by NRA or anti-abortion movements in response to federal legislation. These movements are significantly larger than organic community, but I suspect the organic community is among the most vocal, socially active and politically literate. >>
I think the high level of response says a great deal about the organic community, and it's great to see it! I remember reading somewhere (I can't pull it up right now) that this is the most comments the USDA has ever gotten on a rule (the previous record was 25,000 as I recall!!) and the second highest for the Federal government. (It didn't say what the highest was, but I wonder if it was the supplements issue a few years back, which I think is a very related community!)
There's still work to get done, and many steps to go before we get true organic nationally, but still it's delightful to see the organic community step forward in the way that it has. Good job everyone!
Best regards -
Patricia Dines Community Action Publications
To Unsubscribe: Email email@example.com with "unsubscribe sanet-mg". To Subscribe to Digest: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the command "subscribe sanet-mg-digest".