Here’s the latest on this issue, as the Very Very Big Corporations of American continue to coerce the FDA into altering its laws. This has been going on non-stop since it was confirmed that having “organic” on a label could help boost sales. As consumers, we’ve now got to look beyond this bit of marketing and try and recognize what the actual ingredients are. Of course, beer (cited below) doesn’t have to list its ingredients so all we can do, for now, is boycott Anheuser-Busch.
ALERT: SNEAK ATTACK ON ORGANIC STANDARDS
USDA TO ALLOW MORE CONVENTIONAL INGREDIENTS IN ORGANICS USDA & INDUSTRY TRY TO SNEAK BANNED CONVENTIONAL INGREDIENTS INTO ORGANIC BEER, SAUSAGE, & PROCESSED FOODS
The USDA has announced a controversial proposal, with absolutely no input from consumers, to allow 38 new non-organic ingredients in products bearing the “USDA Organic” seal. Most of the ingredients are food colorings derived from plants that are supposedly not “commercially available” in organic form. But at least three of the proposed ingredients, backed by beer giant Anheuser-Busch and pork and food processors, represent a serious threat to organic standards, and have raised the concerns of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), as well as a number of smaller organic companies and organic certifiers. Specifically, the OCA disagrees with the “Budweiser exemption,” allowing conventionally grown hops, produced with pesticides and chemical fertilizers, to be used in beers labeled as “USDA Organic”. Also, OCA strenuously objects to the USDA’s proposal to allow the use of conventionally raised factory-farmed animals’ intestines (we’ll spare you the gory details of what thes animals have been fed) as casing for sausages labeled as “organic.” Take action now and forward this alert to interested friends and colleagues.