Without effective oversight, unscrupulous retailers have an incentive to continue cashing in on the organic seal.
A report by the Environmental Working Group reveals that an estimated 2,000 untested chemicals, several of them known or suspected carcinogens, are legally present in conventional packaged foods sold in U.S. supermarkets. But this major public health concern is largely unrecognized by the Food and Drug Administration, which operates under a policy on food additives dating back to 1958.
"Everyone has the right to clean organic food. That is a human right."
Consumers pay more for organic with the expectation that the animals are treated more humanely than in conventional farming.
Research by environmental and natural resources law scholars shows the president’s action will likely be overturned by the courts.
Will the farm bill and midterm elections put food back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill?