Organic Regulations & Politics - The USDA's Checkered PastThe U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) unfortunately has a very imperfect record when it comes to regulating our food supply.
Most recently, in April 2004 the USDA passed new directives that essentially negated the meaning of the "organic" label. This was done without public participation or input from its own National Organic Standards Board, the group who helped create the USDA standards in the first place. (More...)
One assumes the USDA strives to do what's best for the general public; however, it's hard to ignore its policies and leaders over the past several decades: