Re: USDA Position Paper #1 on Proposed US Federal Organic Regulations verbatem - go to this site:
lloyd kinder (email@example.com)
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 18:16:55 PST
Hi Beth. In reply to:
>>So feel free to comment on Option 3! The option the USDA did not
>>Abandon implementation and go to an independent standard and
>Dear Sanet list, This is my first post to this list. We have a small
>Central Ma. and while not yet certified we are members of Nofa. I am a
>confused. I know that there was such a public outcry from the above
>and others that the USDA organic guidelines where sent back to the
>board. I take it however from this thread they are still planning to
>organic "standards". (or lack of standards)
>I have read comments from some organic growers (small growers which is
>we are) that they would continue to grow vegetables and livestock as
>have been. They would continue to be honest with their customers and
>this meant the were not longer "certified" so be it.
>If the USDA standards are passed can't we as members of NOFA etc.
>to "advertise" our produce as NOFA certified?
If I recall correctly, I was told that the USDA is trying to make it
illegal to call anything organic, natural, or free of various additives
like hormones, chemicals, antibiotics, etc, unless one gets certified by
the USDA, which would cost $2000 or so per year. Therefore private
certifiers would be illegal. My source is Juli Brussel of Illinois OCIA.
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