(PHOTO: Toxic cryolite is a fluoride-based pesticide that is sprayed on grape products -- grapes and consequently wine - in US vineyards.)
(September 25, 2013) There are many reasons to no longer trust the USDA organic label, however history gives a good lesson on why you should never confide in this government agency.
The original standards proposed in 1997 by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) revised rule on National Organic Standards (NOS) was first finalized in 2000.
The standards first proposed included proposals to use sewage sludge, irradiation, antibiotics in livestock, and genetically modified organisms.
The USDA withdrew the proposal after receiving over 275,000 comments from the public -- the most comments received on any US agency proposal in history. In the final NOS, the four practices listed above were left out, but unfortunately, despite opposition, those public concerns about fluoride were ignored.
To this day, the organic standards allow the use of the toxic sodium fluoride in organic agriculture.