Inside Organics Blog

IMG_4462Organic farmers need unified ‘voice’ as organic sector grows
September | October 2014

Organic farmers understand the benefits of building coalitions to nudge along local, state, regional and national policies that support organic agriculture.  Read more.

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Time has come to decide organic status of hydroponics
July | August 2014

The USDA organic regulations are not always clear in describing what type of production can carry the organic label. Hydroponic crop produc­tion is one of these gray areas…. Read more.

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Is ‘big’ bad and ‘small’ beautiful?
May | June 2014

Organic agriculture could be considered a victim of its own success. As consumer demand for organic food has grown, so has the interest in organic products from food conglomerates and large retailers. Read more.

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DCF 1.0Farm bill includes support for organic, including Certification Cost Share
March | April 2014

A 5-year farm bill was signed into law on Feb. 7, 2014. Read more.

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young corn rowsGMOs, organic: “Coexistence” in the belly of the beast
March | April 2014

Protection of minority rights is a foundational principle of our republic, and it is time for this protection to be extended…. Read more.

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Aud's fall corn fieldEfficiency or Democracy? NOP changes ‘sunset’ policy without public input
January | February 2014

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently modified the way materials on the National List are reviewed at “sunset.” Read more.

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After FSMA CartoonProposed Food Safety Regulations put America’s Family Farms at Risk
November | December 2013

Anyone who cares about locally grown food–and everyone who grows it–should be alarmed about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed food safety regulations. Read more.

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USDA-organicEfforts to Strengthen Organic Label Hit Roadblock
September | October 2013

The regulations governing organic agriculture in the United States, while being unique in some of their strict provisions and oversight, are still part of the overall U.S. legal system. Read more.

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blue sky fall empty fieldCan Organic be Perfect?
July | August 2013

At a meeting I recently attended a consumer representative stated she wanted “organic to be perfect.” This statement brought many questions to my mind. Read more.

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kale field

Changes Improve Organic Crop Insurance, but Issues Remain
May | June 2013

In response to the USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of organic crop insurance, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes in early March…. Read more.

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drying onions

Food Safety Regulations – Not Ready for Prime Time
March | April 2013

It seems almost every month over the past few years there has been a large recall of fresh produce, meat or processed foods due to the presence of microbiological health hazards. Read more.

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close-up soy rows

USDA Biotech Committee Report: The good, the bad and the ugly
January | February 2013

In November 2012, the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (also called AC 21), delivered its report…. Read more.

 

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HarrietHarriet Behar, Organic Specialist
Office: 608-872-2164
harriet@mosesorganic.org

 

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