New Rules Issued for Organic Dairies

Resolving a long-standing conflict between food activism groups and a handful of major organic dairies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program has issued new regulations that dictate how much time organic dairy cattle must be allowed to graze in pasture each year. The original rules set by the USDA's National Organic Program simply stated that organic dairy cows must

WASHINGTON — Resolving a long-standing conflict between food activism groups and a handful of major organic dairies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program has issued new regulations that dictate how much time organic dairy cattle must be allowed to graze in pasture each year.

The original rules set by the USDA's National Organic Program simply stated that organic dairy cows must have “access to pasture.” And, this vague directive allowed some organic dai

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