Buyer beware: Organic doesn’t equal humane

Eggs meat and dairyBY PIPER HOFFMAN

Think that buying organic meat, eggs, and dairy means the animals were treated kindly? Think again.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates the prerequisites for organic certification, has decided that farms don’t really have to meet its animal welfare standards. I guess they were just kidding with that whole we-care-about-animals act. The USDA’s decision to let farms do as they please to animals ignores the recommendation of its own advisory board, while it helps big business.


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