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Medina Organic Farmer and Co-Founder
North Dakota Organic Farmer and President
Farmer and NOSB Member
Farming Activist and Educator
National Organic Standards Board
STJC News » 2007 » August
Dakota Growers Pasta Co.
This means that if the government insists on allowing sewage sludge , irradiation , genetically engineered organisms , piperonyl butoxide , and other materials and technologies that the NOSB specifically rejected for use in organic production , then no one can certify that any product is free of these practices , says organic farmer and NOSB member Fred Kirschenmann.The public comment period for the regulations ends April 30 , and , so far , the USDA has received thousands of letters of protest from organic producers and consumers demanding changes in the proposed standards.The USDA , which hopes to release a final set of rules late in the fall , promises to consider these protests and make changes to the rules.However , if the USDA retains control of the National List , the organic industry , and hence consumers , will always be at the mercy of government interests.
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