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Is “UDSA ORGANIC” really Organic?

 

 

Following an interview on the show about the USDA, Food Nation Radio Network’s Michael Serio starts a heated discussion with strong opinions on why people are concerned about the USDA Organic label, who runs the USDA and why the system is in need of a complete overhaul. You can listen to that audio here with a clip from Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program:

The USDA Organic label is being called into question by several vocal organizations, including Cornucopia.org. The NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) who decides what are acceptable ingredients under the USDA Organic label has been accused of being top-heavy with big, agricultural interests, rather than smaller, family-owned farms.

All of this leads up to one piece of legislation that is moving through Congress right now. The Farm Bill is over 1,000 pages long and much of it has nothing to do with farming. A huge majority of the money up for grabs in this bill is slated to go toward big agricultural interests who produce ingredients like corn syrup and GMO soy that is used in most of the processed foods consumed in this country.

Next week on Food Nation Radio Network, we’ll talk about why the Federal Government is disingenuous in talking about healthier school lunch while funding commercial farms that produce the very ingredients in processed foods they advise parents not to feed to their children.

 

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Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and stations around the country.