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• health benefits and nutritive value of organic foods;
• availability from Maine growers and processors;
• organic standards and compliance issues.

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• Fraudulent fertilizer maker sentenced
• Organic certifying agents must test for prohibited products
• Claims of organic challenged by farmer
• Organic dairy sector provides jobs
• A few companies dominate food marketing
• The "right to farm" in North Dakota

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• Stanford University study criticized
• Organic foods may reduce risk of hypospadias
• Bhutan will be 100% organic
• Organic Center and OTA relocating to Washington, DC
• Aurora Dairy loses fraud lawsuit
• Fertilizer fraud in California
• NOSB accused of conflicts of interest
• NOSB prohibits use of certain synthetic ingredients
• NOP allows use of synthetic methionine

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• NOP renews controversial listings
• Organic Standards Protection Act introduced
• Western certifiers propose merger
• Agriculture biggest factor in global warming
• Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard
• Organic Land Grant Assessment Report
• Customers of CouponCabin surveyed
• NOP seeks 20% increase in certified operations

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• Meta-study shows varying yields of organic crops
• Nature study compares organic and conventional yields
• Organic strawberries have fewer malformations
• More consumers purchasing organic products
• European and American organic equivalence arrangement
• Increasing number of certified organic U.S. farms and processing facilities
• Peter Townsley of California Liquid Fertilizer guilty of misreporting non-organic ingredients
• In Oregon, fraudulent organic corn broker Harold Chase sentenced

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• Shortage of organic milk
• Hexane-extracted DHA/ARA in organic infant formula
• Shamrock Farms may lose organic certification
• Sellers of fake organic products arrested in Italy
• 4.2 million pounds of corn falsely labeled as organic
• Cornucopia Institute: meaningless term "natural"

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The USDA has suspended Nebraska-based Promiseland Livestock's organic certification as of July 28, 2011, because the company repeatedly withheld records from authorized agents that would have allowed them to audit its facilities.

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• Fraudulent organic certificate in China
• Cornucopia Institute's legal complaint against Dean Foods’ Horizon Fat-Free Milk Plus DHA Omega-3

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Natural food companies, including Amy’s Kitchen, Nature’s Path and Turtle Island Foods, have stopped using ingredients made with the toxic solvent hexane; Nebraska-based Promiseland, with 22,000 head of cattle, will lose its organic certification.

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Two articles relating to mislabeling food as organic and purchases of organic soybeans for soymilk.

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3 articles on the following: National Organic Program (NOP) proposes amendments to the National List; Target Corp. said it advertised non-organic Silk soy milk as organic; Promiseland Livestock, LLC, has been suspended from organic commerce for four years.

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Cornucopia Institute reports on organic standards violations by Promiseland Livestock, Aurora Dairy, Dean Foods and Natural Prairie.

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Reviews over 100 studies published in the scientific literature on the nutritional benefits of organic food.

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Two articles: Lawsuits were filed in December 2007 accusing Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, Safeway and Wild Oats of consumer fraud for marketing suspect organic milk. In December 2007, the U.S. Senate approved its version of the Farm Bill that included funding and direction for key organic priorities.

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Five articles: Antigua's chief environment officer proposes that the Caribbean island transition to organic farming; USDA announces $1 million to defray organic certification costs in 15 states, including Maine; the National Organic Program has just nine staff members and an annual budget of only $1.5 million; Cornucopia Institute safeguards organic standards; USDA issues voluntary standards for grass- (forage-) fed marketing claims.

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Two articles: Foods labeled as organic in the United States may contain some nonorganic ingredients; Cornucopia Institute is watching factory farms that allege to be organic.

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Two articles: No Cloned Animal Products in Organic; Organic Center Critiques FDA Approval of Cloned Animal Products

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Eight articles: Wal-Mart Charged with Selling Non-organic Food as Organic; Who Owns Organics?; USDA Stacks Organic Panel with Industry Reps; The Butz Stops Here; Canada Releases Final Organic Products Regulations; Counties Spur Conversion to Organic; Organic Victory: Oil Pipeline to be Re-routed Around Minnesota Organic Farms

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Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp and Lund University found that extracts from organically grown strawberries inhibited the proliferation of human colon and breast cancer cells more effectively than extracts from conventionally grown strawberries.

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Preliminary findings from the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2006 Manufacturer Survey show that U.S. organic food sales totaled nearly $14 billion in 2005, representing 2.5 percent of all retail sales of food.

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A recent survey shows that more than half of Scottish children under two eat exclusively organic foods, even when parents cannot afford organic food for themselves.

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A feature in Grist magazine explores reasons for the sometimes higher cost of organic foods. Though demand for organic food is growing rapidly, that hasn’t driven costs down the way some expected it would.

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This fall, the 600,000-member Organic Consumers Association (OCA) deluged Congress with over 350,000 letters and phone calls asking policymakers to reject an industry sponsored rider to the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The rider would weaken organic standards and could allow hundreds of synthetic substances to be used in organic production, processing and packaging without prior review or public participation.

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Analyses of 13 kinds of catsup by USDA showed that organic brands consistently had higher concentrations of antioxidants-primarily lycopene-than nonorganic.

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The list of MOFGA-certified organic growers is posted at www.mofga.org by county and is printed in The MOF&G in the June-August and Sept.-Nov. issues. You can also visit your local farmers’ market and get to know growers and their practices.

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Toki Oshima drawingIf you know that I’m a past president of MOFGA, you might think you know how I will answer this question. It is not that simple, though. To begin with, taste is, to a large extent, subjective. Add to that different varieties, different weather conditions, different soil types and different soil management practices, and you can see how foolish you would be betting someone that organic carrots in the supermarket will taste better than conventionally grown carrots in the supermarket.

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Virginia WorthingtonDr. Virginia Worthington is a nutritional consultant with Nutrikinetics of Washington, D.C. She has compared studies of nutritional aspects of organic versus conventional foods and presented some of the results in her paper, "Nutritional Quality of Organic Versus Conventional Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains."

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Beginning in October of 2002, the word 'organic' will have a different meaning than it does now. It will mean the same thing in every state of the United States, which is important to interstate trade and perhaps to supermarket customers' confidence. But that meaning will bring some changes in organic standards for farmers wishing to call their products organic, and some of those changes may be unwelcome.

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When I started to write this article, I couldn’t help thinking about the quote from an election campaign a few years back that went, “It’s the economy …”. Well, here I have come up with, “It’s the environment …”. Even though numerous studies confirm that many people believe that organic foods are healthier than conventionally produced foods, this has not been conclusively demonstrated by scientific studies. The problem is that too many factors confound the issue, and that the distinction between what is conventional and what is organic is not always clear.

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• Victory for Organic Meat Producers and Consumers
• Organic Agriculture Growing Fast

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