Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Public Sways USDA On 'Organic' Label.(Editorial Page)


Federal agencies do listen to public comments, as proven by the U.S. Agriculture Department's new rules for organic foods. After receiving a record 275,603 public comments overwhelmingly negative USDA significantly revised a 1997 proposal that would have allowed food industry giants to cash in on the growing organic food movement while continuing to use chemical pesticides and tinker genetically with crop seeds.

The result is a revised program that honors the grass-roots meaning of the word "organic." In the words of Secretary Dan Glickman, they are the "strictest, most comprehensive organic standards in the world."

The rules represent a small victory for consumers hungry for information about what goes into the foods they eat. …

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