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Organic Left Standing as the Gold Standard for Consumers Looking to Avoid Food Produced With Synthetic Growth Hormones
Date:3/31/2009

d comes from and how it is produced, consumers who choose organic dairy products can still be assured that the products have been produced without the use of synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics or toxic, persistent pesticides," advised Bushway. She noted that the overwhelming majority of Americans wants this information on product labels but will not see truthful information on organic product labels as a result of the court's decision in Ohio.

The Consumer Reports National Research Center polled more than 1,000 people nationwide on various food labeling issues. Seventy-six percent of those polled were concerned with 'dairy cows given synthetic growth hormones' and 88 percent agreed that 'milk from cows raised without synthetic bovine growth hormones should be allowed to be labeled as such.'

"Consumers have spoken, and we are very disappointed the court disagrees," added Bushway.

The United States is in the minority among industrialized nations by allowing the use of synthetic growth hormones to artificially stimulate milk production in dairy herds. The practice is already prohibited in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in the 27 countries of the European Union.

The only way for consumers to be sure they are choosing products produced without the use of synthetic growth hormones (rBGH), genetically engineered organisms (GMOS), antibiotics and toxic an persistent pesticides is to look for the organic label.

Founded nearly 25 years ago, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. Its 1,700 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the e
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