You might not be getting what you pay for when you
buy food with the USDA organic label. The GLRC’s Rebecca Williams explains:
You might not be getting what you pay for when you buy food with the USDA
organic label. The GLRC’s Rebecca Williams explains:
The USDA organic label is supposed to guarantee that shoppers are buying
food that’s free of most chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones, but that label might not
always be trustworthy.
Staff at the Dallas Morning News analyzed USDA’s own internal audits. They
found that the USDA does not know how often organic rules are broken. The
agency has not yet fined any producer for violating the rules, but some
producers have been ordered to remove the organic label.
USDA auditors found that some food producers got approval even though there
was evidence that banned chemicals were used on their products.
The Dallas Morning News analysis found that about 40 percent of organic food
is grown overseas, with even less oversight.
For the GLRC, I’m Rebecca Williams.