Organically Produced covers the entire growing and handling process. For
example, after it is grown, is the product subjected to exposure to
synthetics in a commercial hydrocooler? After it is grown, do they add
something to it post-harvest like a preservative on the skin of the orange?
Do they make sure there isn't a bunch of GMO corn in the bottom of the
combine before they combine the organic corn?
Organically Produced also covers processed foods, like yogurt, frozen pie,
spaghetti sauce. What enzymes, processing aids, boiler chemicals or yeasts
Eventually all state and private certification standards will probably use
the word" produced" rather than "grown" because it is more comprehensive.
Sometime this fall the USDA will release another Proposed Rule. While we know
that many of the errors in the original Rule will be corrected, Processed
foods and Livestock issues are somewhat at risk to economic pressures. We
have lately seen a lot of the private certification agencies improve their
standards on livestock, or at least deal with them a lot more
comprehensively. As far as ingredients and production aids in livestock and
processing go, we still have quite a lot of work to do.
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