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Organic Enforcement 

Published June 8, 2007 at 9:16 a.m.

I read this morning that a large dairy farm in California, Case Vander Eyk, lost its USDA organic certification. The 10,000 cow farm didn't meet organic standards -- big surprise.

Although the rules and regulations encode some aspects of "organic" farming, it's really hard, if not impossible, for a law to capture and enforce the spirit of what so many thoughtful farmers are striving for: sustainability, eco-friendliness, equitable wages, tasty products, etc.

For more on dairy, organic regs and info about milk mammoth Dean Foods, go here...
Mother Jones reported on Case Vander Eyk and Horizon Dairy last year, check it out...
Finally, here's a copy of a complaint filed against Case Vandery Eyk by the Cornucopia Institute in 2005...

Took long enough for 'em to do something about it, eh?

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About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.


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