Saturday, August 11, 2007

Concerned about the Future of Organic Beer? Then Sign Here

"The USDA is proposing to add 38 ingredients to a list of allowable conventional ingredients in products labeled as "USDA Organic" (products that are at least 95% organic). The OCA has been petitioning the USDA to remove some of the more problematic proposed ingredients, such as factory farmed animal intestines, mercury-laden fish oils, and hops. For the latter ingredient, the USDA was heavily lobbied by the beer giant Anheuser-Busch, who has previously claimed that organic hops are not commercially available and has been selling its "Organic Wild Hops Beer" using conventional hops grown with chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Thanks to the amazing feedback from citizens like you, Anheuser-Busch has announced it is now using 100% organic hops for its organic beers and pledges to continue to do so."

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