05 May '14, 6pm

Think your organic foods are chemical-free? Think again:

Think your organic foods are chemical-free? Think again:

Fortunately, an antibiotic used to grow apples (streptomycin) and a chemical used in feed for egg-producing chickens (methionine) were removed from the exceptions list during the meeting. Streptomycin was schedule to end several years ago, so a two-thirds majority was required to extend its use. The panel voted 8 to 7 in favor, so the chemical is now banned in organics. Methionine also failed to receive the two-thirds majority vote and will no longer be allowed. But going forward, it will be harder for chemicals to be removed from the list of exceptions, making USDA Organic foods a little less, well, organic.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/organic-food-may-not-be-as-organic-a...

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