Dear USDA, When it says “organic,” it better be organic
If Angry Cat were around today, sheâ€™d be livid. I mean tearing the paint from the walls livid. See, we donâ€™t know for certain, but Angry Cat may have died from tainted food. And now, in the wake of that â€“ in the wake of the Menu Foods disaster â€“ the USDA, in their infinite wisdom, is considering a rule change thatâ€™ll further dilute the meaning of the word "organic."
Thatâ€™s right, under the new rule, all those big Agri-businesses we already trust so, so much? They can call beer "organic" even if itâ€™s made with pesticide-treated hops.
They can call food items "organic" even if they contain synthetic food colorings, fish oil from farm-raised, mercury-tainted fish, sausage casings from factory-farmed animals, and (among other things) inorganic whey protein concentrate.
Huh. Protein concentrates from crappy overseas factories. Just what we want in our "organic" foods after weâ€™ve been so careful about finding new resources for our surviving pets.
Yeah, Angry Cat would be pissed.
But since sheâ€™s not here at the moment, Iâ€™m going to send you over to this most excellent diary on Daily Kos, and to the Regulations.gov page where you can leave a comment and tell the USDA just how you feel. (The Daily Kos diary includes detailed instructions for maneuvering through the rather unfriendly comment form. I highly recommend that you write up your comment first and then copy-and-paste to the site; the form has a bad habit of timing out.)
And by the way, because, as we all know, the USDA is indeed infinitely wise about such things and infinitely willing to listen to the average consumer, theyâ€™ve given us a teensy window of time for comments. In fact, that time runs out at the end of day TODAY. (Believe me, if Iâ€™d known about this a week agoâ€¦)
No doubt Agri-businesses had months of lobbying time. Us? We got a week. Thanks, USDA! Love you too. Here, have a burger and some fries. No clue where the ingredients came from, but you told me they were organic.