Factory Farms are not Organic Farms

Jack sent me this last night, which I’m going to quote in its entirity.

Stop Factory Farm Dairy Feedlots from Labeling Their Products as “USDA Organic”

Under pressure from big agribusiness, the USDA is deliberately refusing to take action against factory farms who are unethically selling their products as “organic.” This blatant labeling fraud is compounded by a loophole in federal organic regulations that is allowing unscrupulous organic dairy farms to import young calves from non-organic conventional farms (where the animals have been weaned on cow blood, injected or medicated with antibiotics, and fed genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton seeds, laced with slaughterhouse waste and tainted animal fats). These confinement and feeding practices are inhumane, unhealthy, environmentally unsustainable, and unfair to genuine organic farmers, who follow strict organic principles on pasture access and animal feed, and do not import animals into their herds from conventional farms.

Some of the factory farms that currently confine thousands of cows in close quarters are operated by leading organic dairies such as Dean Foods (Horizon Organic) and Aurora Organic Dairy (producer of store brand organic milk to chains such as Wild Oats, and supplier to Horizon).

On November 16, in Washington, DC, organic consumer and farm representatives will attend the National Organic Standards Board meeting to urge the USDA to stop allowing giant intensive confinement dairy feedlots to illegally market their milk as “organic.” The OCA will be presenting a petition with thousands of signatures:

Sign Petition to USDA by clicking here

We’ve discussed this aspect of the “organic” labels before. Read the Salon article, as they can sum up better than I.

For those of you who disagree with the above, move along. I’ll get to the high-fat, high butter posts a little later.

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