USDA strikes again

Marie Kamphefner kampy at
Fri Dec 15 11:01:15 EST 2000

This morning between 5 and 5:30 on channel 41 out of Kansas City, the lady 
newscaster announced that organic food may  not be all it was cracked up to 
be.  Then a message came on from the USDA saying that organic food was not 
more nutritious and not more safe to eat than conventionally grown 
food.  It went on to say that the USDA will soon have its organic rules in 
place so everyone in the U.S. will have the same protection.  If I hadn't 
been so sleepy, I would have written it all down verbatim.  I feel like 
perhaps the consumers need protection from the USDA.  I suppose there are 
still some people who believe what they see on TV and what they read in the 
papers.  It might be advantageous to move to Mexico - then anything you 
care to grow  could be shipped across the border without regulation.  Maybe 
organic growers will have to go underground - sell gourmet salad mix on the 
black market, have pockets sewn into the linings of overcoats and stuff 
them with Brandywine tomatoes, and deliver in the wee hours in trucks 
marked "tobacco."  What a concept!

Marie in Missouri

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