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The latest "word casualty" of the Republican era may be the Organic Label.

If a new Senate bill becomes law, the power to determine standards for the Organic Label would be pulled from a largely independent body comprised of farmers, processors, retailers, scientists, consumer advocates, environmentalists, and certifying agents.

And who would step in? The USDA of course; the body that Tom Philpott calls "that bastion of food-industry flackery."

Philpott writes: "The Organic Consumers Association, which has doggedly fought this 'sneak attack,' says the industry is trying to push through 500 more synthetic ingredients on organic standards. The OCA fears that USDA bureaucrats will be more amenable to the desires of Kraft and other industry heavyweights..."

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