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Old 11-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Organic sellout: USDA guts organic rules to protect mega-farms

Organic sellout: USDA guts organic rules to protect mega-farms
By Bruce Friedrich
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 11/06/2013 10:00:00 AM PST
Updated: 11/06/2013 03:07:26 PM PST

Organic sellout: USDA guts organic rules to protect mega-farms - San Jose Mercury News
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When most Americans think about organic meat or eggs, they picture animals on small farms, allowed to root in the soil, feel sun on their backs, and engage in their species-specific desires. What they don't picture is tens of thousands of hens crammed into massive sheds with no access to soil and extremely limited outdoor access.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture just stamped its seal of approval on the latter scenario by refusing to implement its own advisory board's animal welfare standards, which would have created a level playing field for hundreds of small organic farms by requiring animal welfare improvements from the five massive "organic" egg farms that provide the worst hen welfare.

The USDA's decision doesn't just violate our moral intuitions and the expectations of organic consumers; it also violates the department's legal mandate in at least...
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