Uh Oh! Growing Loopholes in Organic Regulations
Yep, expect a few surprises here. What does it really mean to be certified organic? Who are the BIGGEST producers of organic foods? What are the 3 levels of organic? Are "organic" farms tested by the USDA? How is increasing demand for organic causing more lenient enforcement? Are there stiff penalties for failing to meet requirements? What about international organic foods - are they actually reliable?
Organic products must meet strict requirements.
In the USA, products must follow the NOP (National Organic Program), a division of the USDA Dept of Agriculture. Organic foods are required to ensure cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Livestock must have regular access to pasture without routine antibiotics or growth hormones. Products must follow strict production, handling and labeling standards, ...