Germany Cocaine worth €25M found in ALDI banana

first_img Germany: Cocaine worth €25M found in ALDI banana … A group of U.S. farmers has launched a pilot certification program for organic operations, saying the USDA’s National Organic Program “no longer adequately reflects how they farm.” An initiative called The Real Organic Project is aiming to implement new organic standards and provide consumer transparency by “distinguishing organic farms that grow their crops in the ground, foster soil fertility and adequately pasture livestock according to foundational organic standards and principles.”The project’s executive director is Dave Chapman, a longtime organic tomato grower with a farm in Vermont, who last year said he had been “dismayed” by the U.S. National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) controversial decision to not ban hydroponic and aquaponic crops from organic certification.”In the last year, the USDA not only embraced hydroponic production under the organic seal, but they also rejected the Organic Livestock and Poultry Production (OLPP) Rule created to strengthen animal welfare,” a release from The Real Organic Project said.A Real Organic Project ‘add-on’ label to USDA organic certification is expected to be rolled out on fruit and vegetable packaging by next spring. The inspection process includes a video interview of the farmers on their land explaining their organic production practices.“The Real Organic Project is an inspiring team,” said associate director and Colorado farmer, Dr. Linley Dixon, who is leading the pilot project effort. “The people who wrote the standards and advise the project are national leaders in the organic and greater environmental movements.” July 13 , 2018 U.S. avocado market remains strong following price … AUSVEG welcomes first female ag minister …last_img read more