|Lawsuit Challenges U.S.D.A. Rule Change on Organic Farming|
The New York Times - 4/7/2015. By Stephanie Strom - A coalition of grocers, seed growers and consumer and environmental advocates filed suit on Tuesday against the Department of Agriculture over a change it made to the process used to determine which substances may be used in organic farming. "The U.S.D.A. unilaterally changed the process without allowing the organic community to give any input and, in doing so, violated the Administrative Procedure Act as well as the intent of the organic law," said Paige Tomaselli, a lawyer at the Center for Food Safety, one of the plaintiffs.
|Maine farmers: Cultivating a profit from organics|
Mainebiz - 4/6/2015. By Lori Valigra - Organic farmers will tell you it's all about the soil. But sitting at any farmhouse kitchen table, it's clear that's where organic farming plays out, starting with the inevitable bookkeeping ledger and calculator laid out prominently.
|Big operations and those who protect them, threaten organic farming integrity|
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/6/2015. By Mark A. Kastel - Over the past decade, Cornucopia has hammered the USDA and the White House on grossly incompetent, or intentionally harmful, management of the organic program. We have filed numerous legal complaints, some of which have shut down factory farms or constrained their production, while others have been ignored or dismissed.