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June 08, 2007

Organic Enforcement

I read this morning that a large dairy farm in California, Case Vander Eyk, lost its USDA organic certification. The 10,000 cow farm didn't meet organic standards -- big surprise.

Although the rules and regulations encode some aspects of "organic" farming, it's really hard, if not impossible, for a law to capture and enforce the spirit of what so many thoughtful farmers are striving for: sustainability, eco-friendliness, equitable wages, tasty products, etc.

For more on dairy, organic regs and info about milk mammoth Dean Foods, go here...
Mother Jones reported on Case Vander Eyk and Horizon Dairy last year, check it out...
Finally, here's a copy of a complaint filed against Case Vandery Eyk by the Cornucopia Institute in 2005...

Took long enough for 'em to do something about it, eh?


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