Hormones + antibiotics + no pasture = “Organic”?

May 11, 2006 | By | Reply More

I just received a notice from Consumer’s Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) that infuriates me.  I have to say, though, this USDA proposal is par for the course for this administration.  This particular proposal would allow corporations to say that milk is “organic” when it is not.  As one of the many people who willingly pays more for true organic milk, in order to protect my children’s health from non-organic additives, I sent in my comment today.

The new rules proposed by USDA will allow companies to sell as “organic” milk from cows that have been treated with hormones and antibiotics, and cows kept on feedlots without access to pastureland.

The rules go even further, changing the meaning of “organic” on processed foods as well. Under this proposal, “organic” processed foods can be produced with artificial substances that were never reviewed. If they are reviewed, a “scientific advisory panel” would determine whether the ingredients are safe for you and the environment. 

To take action against these proposals, click here. 

The Deadline for Comment is May 12, 2006


Category: Environment, Health, Politics

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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