I second this—the USDA needs to hear our voices. I would encourage anyone who is interested in keeping non-organic ingredients out of organic foods to take five minutes to express your dismay at the USDA`s plan to allow non-organic ingredients in foods labeled "organic."
Here`s just one example that a lot of folks can relate to: beer! If the USDA follows through with their proposed change, breweries could label their beer "organic" even if they weren`t using organic hops. Hops, of course, is one of only four or five essential ingredients in beer, making the "organic" label pretty much meaningless.
There`s an easy-to-follow description at the Beer Activist
, along with a direct way to share your opinion with the USDA:
1. Click here <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/oc a/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=11401> to file your opposition via the Organic Consumers Association website.
2. To read all 1,264 comments submitted during the original seven day comment period, go to www.regulations.gov,
scroll down and click on “Advanced Search.” In the “Agency” pulldown
menu select “Agricultural Marketing Services.” Skip all the rest of the
fields until the bottom where you need to type “ams-tm-07-0062″ in the
“Keyword” box and select “any word”. Then hit “submit.” It’ll only give
you 14 results, but if you click on the hyperlinked “document ID”
“ams-tm-07-0062″ you’ll get all 1,264 comments. There, now wasn’t that
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