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Activist group and self-described “organic watchdog” The Cornucopia Institute announced yesterday that it is filing a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in federal court, “accusing the agency of ignoring the organic regulations, and the intent of Congress, by their failure to enforce the law.”

The Institute accuses USDA of not cracking down “on an increasing number of industrial-scale factory-farms that are producing ‘organic’ milk,” specifically referring to “two major agribusiness corporations, Dean Foods and Aurora Dairy. Dean's Horizon brand and private-label milk produced by Aurora (marketed by Safeway, Wild Oats, Trader Joe's, and Wal-Mart, among others) have gained a dominant market share, estimated to be as high as 70%, by ramping up production on feedlot dairies milking as many as 2000 to 10,000 cows.”
KC's View:
Fine. Let it go to court. Let the burden of proof fall to the Cornucopia Institute, and if it can make its case, then USDA will have to ramp up its enforcement. If not, the Institute will have to shut up.

All we know is this. As consumers, we only care that organic standards are being adhered to. We don’t give a damn whether the farm s small or large, family or corporate owned.