organic standards

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at
Tue Dec 19 09:30:11 EST 2000

I have not had the opportunity to see the changes they've made in the
standards since the problems of `98 and I suspect few have. I think they'll
keep them "close to the vest" until they are sure they are ready for the
public to see them. It doesn't matter what they release, it will be
controversial. But they should be released within a few weeks, prior to the
change of administrations.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

-----Original Message-----
From: Victoria M. Bhavsar <toria at>
To: market farming <market-farming at>
Date: Monday, December 18, 2000 4:45 PM
Subject: organic standards

>Apologies for cross-posting --
>Hello everyone,
>Has anybody seen or done a coherent writeup of the "federal organic
>standards" story from the beginning of OFPA to now?  I can find things up
>to the fuss of 1998, but not what is happening now.  I feel a little
>sheepish asking as this is probably something I "should" know, but I don't,
>so if anyone could direct me I'd appreciate it.
>Thank you,
>Victoria Bhavsar
>Victoria M. Bhavsar
>Dept. of Agronomy
>N106R Ag. Sci. North, UK
>Lexington, KY  40546-0091
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