Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mr. Harvey is Back!

"After successfully reforming the organic certification process for dairy farms, Maine blueberry farmer Arthur Harvey is at it again. This time, Harvey is arguing against the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to allow products with up to 5 percent synthetic or non-organic materials to bear the organic label.

Arthur Harvey first made headlines in 2005 when he began filing motions for the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to make organic certification for dairy farmers slightly more difficult. His proposed changes were accepted, and conventional farmers throughout the country began scrambling to convert to organic before the "Harvey ruling" went into effect June 4, 2007 (see "Milk Supply Outpaces Demand," Sustainable Industries, July 2007)"

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Pray his efforts are successful!