Congress has amended the Organic Food Production act to allow food additives and processing aids such as chemical stabilizers in organic foods, without public review. It has also granted organic food producers the right to continue antibiotic treatment and genetically engineered feeding of young cows prior to their entering organic production, and the emergency substitution of non-organic ingredients for organic ingredients without the public being informed.

The amendment was strongly backed by the Organic Trade Association and opposed by the Organic Consumer’s Organization. It leaves the United States with the weakest organic food production standards in the developed world.

Now the words “USDA Organic” will have much less meaning. As usual, this change was made after a request by a business consortium, with very little notification to the public. Most people will be completely unaware that that the organic food they buy is not nearly as organic as it used to be.

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