After 8 years of waiting,talking,writing,praying and hoping for a
cooperative venture with the USDA on organic standards the organic industry
looks to self accreditation. Private accreditation is where it is at. The
OTA/and the Organic Certifiers Council endorsed a plan by the Independent
Accreditation steering Committee is setting up a self-accreditation program.
Get the USDA monkey off our backs. the USDA cannot tell organic growing
from shine-o-la . They are turning organic growing into a political football
subject to hard money,soft money, and of course under the table money.
Give the word organic back to the people. Don't let the USDA turn a grass
roots movement into a bureaucratic nightmare.
check out a organic growers web page
From: lloyd kinder <lkindr@HOTMAIL.COM>
To: OGL@LSV.UKY.EDU <OGL@LSV.UKY.EDU>
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 1998 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: USDA Organic Standards - I agree: Option 3
>Hi Gardeners! Somebody posted the following message in reply to a post
>on where the USDA is right now and, besides correcting some of his/her
>spelling and grammar errors, I just want to say that I wholeheartedly
>agree and that I couldn't have put it much better myself, unless I'd
>gone to a lot of trouble boning up and everything. So I second the
>motion for Option 3: let the damned USDA and the rest of the
>big-biz-controlled gov't go back to hell and let us have our privately
>regulated standards. All in favor, say aye. Aloha. Lloyd
>>check out a[n] organic grower[']s web page
>>I vote for Option 3
>>Abandon implementation and go to an independent standard and regulatory
>>Pros : *get the USDA/OGC/OMB monkey off our back!
>>Cons: This is the most radical change, and more work would be needed to
>>achieve consumer and organic industry consensus to do this . the NOSB
>>far off yet from supporting such an option (no big deal)
>>no force of law, trickier to get everyone in the US to cooperate and to
>>international acceptance and how to resolve the USDA meat label problem
>>I feel we will be fighting a loosing [losing!] battle if we talk to
>these paper[s] as
>>they do not address most of what is wrong with the USDA taking over the
>>organic and all we have worked for . We should choose option 3 Now and
>>our certifiers and buyers and consumers ,wholesales and retailers on
>>bandwagon for a[n] independent standard. Abandon implementation NOW.
>>that for a thinking paper.[?] give the word organic back to the
>>let them turn a grass roots dream into a bur[e]a[u]cratic nightmare.
>>them out in the second round [--] why waste time dancing and get on
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