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Can Synthetic Food Additives Be Organic?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Yes, if major food processors have their way in the Senate. According to Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association, if the food processors get their amendment through the Senate this week, then the hard-won national organic standards, just passed in 2002, will be weakened.

Currently, processed food products containing dairy must contain all organic ingredients. If the amendment passes, producers will be allowed to add synthetic processing agents, and non-organic ingredients could be substituted for organic ones.

If the entree on your plate is not made with all organic ingredients from start to finish, would you call it organic?

Our nation's organic standards withstood another profit-driven attack in 2003. Read about it at https://www.ewg.org/issues/organicfood/index.php.

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