The new USDA proposed rules...
<snip> ... prohibit the use of genetically modified ingredients in
carrying the organic label. The rules also prohibit the use of
to decontaminate the products and the application of sewage sludge as
<snip> After initially ignoring many of the recommendations of the
Organic Standards Board, which had been set up to help the agency
formulate the regulations, the Agriculture Department has now taken all
the board's advice, including total prohibition of antibiotics in animals
raised as organic. <snip>
This is good as far as it goes. I didn't see any mention of animal
confinement operations. Does anyone know if they improved the wording
about access to out-of-doors. They used to say something to the effect
of animals needing access to out-of-doors unless allowing it was
inconvenient (or some similar phrase).
The article seems to express considerable concern that the rules are too
tough. How about that? I'd appreciate hearing from some of you who are
knowledgeable on existing certification requirements. Are these new
rules really all that tough compared to what I am used to buying as
Best regards, Edna
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