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Greenfield, Mass. -- Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association here, the organic industry's largest trade organization, says the USDA's revised organics standards finally create a level playing field between the producer and the consumer."I think more people will be encouraged to join the organic community now," she said. "Though there will be those who are discouraged

Greenfield, Mass. -- Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association here, the organic industry's largest trade organization, says the USDA's revised organics standards finally create a level playing field between the producer and the consumer.

"I think more people will be encouraged to join the organic community now," she said. "Though there will be those who are discouraged by the strict new rules."

DiMatteo said that all farmers and handlers will foo

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