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Organic industry fears Republicans are targeting National Organic Program

| | February 17, 2017

Back in December [2016], the Freedom Caucus [a group of US House Republicans] released a “recommended list of regulations to remove.”  Among its 228 targets … the group named the National Organic Program.

[T]he NOP was established by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to set uniform national standards for foods and agricultural products labeled “USDA Organic,” replacing the patchwork of state-level standards that had held sway for decades previously. The NOP ensures that food labeled organic really is raised without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers….

[D]ismantling the NOP would generate massive chaos in the food market. A federally enforced, uniform, and fairly stringent set of rules would give way to a hodgepodge, leaving consumers flummoxed about what “organic” means.

Kathleen Merrigan, who served a long stint as deputy USDA secretary under Obama, has sounded the alarm.

According to a Politico account of her remarks at a [February 2017] food conference, Merrigan warned that “forces of darkness” are “coming together and saying, ‘Let’s sharpen our knives on organic.'”

Does the Freedom Caucus really want to nix the [NOP] to save $9 million per year? The $39.7 billion organic-food industry … would likely push back pretty hard.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: “Dark Forces” Are Coming for Your Organic Food

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2 thoughts on “Organic industry fears Republicans are targeting National Organic Program”

  1. The NOP is nothing more than a government-supported and sanctioned marketing program intended to benefit one set of companies and farmers over another set of companies and farmers.
    Government intervention and support is justified by NOP supporters on the basis that the power of government should be used to bring about social change. However, the evidence that “organic” is materially different from “conventional” is lacking; the “benefits” of organic are speculative (e.g. read the latest Chan School paper carefully – not just the headlines). As a matter of public policy, the government should NOT be supporting a program that at its roots is a misdirected fear-mongering marketing campaign.

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