Are Organic Standards in Trouble?

A new report charges the USDA with putting corporate agribusiness interests over those of organic farmers and consumers.
By Hannah Kincaid
August/September 2012
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Organic standards may be in trouble if deals are being made between the USDA and agribusiness executives.
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The nation’s leading organic food and farming watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, is raising concerns about what it describes as a conspiracy between corporate agribusiness interests and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cornucopia’s new report entitled “The Organic Watergate” charges the USDA with stacking the National Organic Standards Board with agribusiness executives that have all too often sold out the interests of organic farmers and consumers. The Institute is asking organic industry stakeholders, including farmers and consumers, to join it in demanding that the USDA operate the national organic program according to the original law. Learn more in The Organic Watergate — White Paper. 


Hannah Kincaid is an Editorial Assistant for MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. She is an enthusiastic student of herbal medicine, organic gardening and yoga. You can find Hannah on .








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