Falling into the Loopholes
A few weeks ago it was the scandal that organic pears and apples could be treated with antibiotics. Now, GASP, more organic misconceptions and loopholes. Read on with caution – it’s a bit disturbing.
After recently learning that USDA approved a final rule (at least until October 21, 2014) allowing organic apple and pear growers to use antibiotics when “natural methods are insufficient to address critical issues of production”, it made me wonder what other loopholes the USDA has created for the farmers to take advantage of. I did an analysis of the main food categories: meat, fruits and vegetables, and dairy and here is what I learned:
The amount of space or time outdoor and stocking density (crowding) are not regulated for any animals. Some producers have a small outside space added on the buildings that house tens of thousands of chickens, but only a few birds can access it. Access to outdoors, does not require that animals actually spend time outdoors which the free-range/free-roaming label implies. Access may be insufficient relative to the number of animals needing access. Outdoor access and…
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