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From the Gumshoes at OrganicEye
Organic Legitimacy Betrayed by an Unholy Agribusiness/USDA Alliance
Fagundes Brothers Dairy: Allowed to continue to operate by the USDA and the nation's largest organic certifier, CCOF, after formal legal complaint...
Issues, Observations, and Comments: The Subtle, and Often Not-So-Subtle, Influence of the Corporate Lobby on Organic Rulemaking
USDA National Organic Standards Board meeting, Atlanta, Georgia — April 2023 Public Comments (virtual via Zoom) OrganicEye’s critique of the...
Ronnie Cummins 1947-2023
Founder of the Organic Consumers Association Ronnie has been a friend, colleague, and ally for over 30 years. I met him in the early 1990s when we...
Have You Ever Spent “A Day in the Country”?
A catchy little ditty by Kevin Mattson… LA FARGE, Wis. — I’m really lucky to live in a unique agrarian community. It’s thought there are more...
Corporate Dominance in Organic Governance and Rulemaking at the USDA – A Stick in the Eye to Organic Farmers and Consumers
Updated White Paper Profiles Lobbyist-Affiliated Appointees to National Organic Standards Board THE STORY: A QUICK OVERVIEW• As giant agribusinesses...
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USDA pledges to crack down on fraud in the certified organic label, but is it enough?
The OrganicEye View: Years ago, major papers in farm states like Wisconsin used to have a full-time “farm reporter.” I first met Rick Barrett decades ago when he was the agriculture reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison and I was a lobbyist for the...
Cracking down on fraud in the organic food industry
Listen to the full episode here: https://news.wosu.org/show/all-sides-with-ann-fisher/2023-02-09/cracking-down-on-fraud-in-the-organic-food-industry The United States Department of Agriculture has announced new regulations for organic products in an effort to address...
USDA moves to crack down on ‘organic’ fraud —healthy skepticism warranted
The OrganicEye View: The motto of the Washington Post is, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Unlike all the trade media coverage I have seen to date—which included nothing but cheerleading by other NGOs and the lobbyists at the Organic Trade Association (OTA)—this...
OrganicEye Executive Director Mark Kastel Interviewed on Thriving Farmer Podcast
Episode 196- Mark Kastel: Who Owns the Organic Label Now with almost 200 episodes and over 1 million downloads, the Thriving Farmer Podcast is designed to help farmers thrive in business and life. Learn the latest tricks and strategies of successful farmers,...
MULTIMILLION DOLLAR SUBTERFUGE: USDA to Invest up to $300 million in New Organic Transition Initiative
Instead of being concerned with enforcing the letter and spirit of the law, and creating a level competitive playing field for all organic farmers, the USDA is willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars of our tax money in an effort to create more farming serfs...
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The stereotypical large farms of today’s agriculture are not unsustainable because they are large, they are large because they are managed unsustainably. They are unsustainable because they are managed ‘extensively’ – meaning they rely more on land and capital and less on thinking people.