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Movement To Strengthen ‘Organic’ Label Pushes For New Standards At Vermont Meeting

A rally in Thetford back in 2016 criticized the USDA's move to allow vegetables raised hydroponically to be labeled as "organic." Now a movement has formed to strengthen the organic label. Photo by Rebecca Sananes for VPR

A rally in Thetford back in 2016 criticized the USDA’s move to allow vegetables raised hydroponically to be labeled as “organic.” Now a movement has formed to strengthen the organic label. Photo by Rebecca Sananes for VPR

For a group of farmers and consumers around the country, the term “organic” just doesn’t go far enough. They say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has weakened standards for food that is supposed to be raised organically.

And so they’re meeting in Vermont this week to come up with a new label that they argue will show that the food has been produced in ways that protect the environment and animal welfare.

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