USDA abandons animal welfare rule in organic program

USDA abandons animal welfare rule in organic program

Last year, the USDA decided to scrap the Obama-era rule overseeing animal welfare regulations in the organic program.  In order to be certified under the organic seal, meat and poultry must meet a set of feeding, housing, and treatment standards.  Some media reports claim that large-scale organic operations are lax on these standards and animals are often denied access to grazing pastures.  Although these operations comply with the law, they do not embody the “spirit” of the organic program. The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) were proposed to eliminate loopholes within the organic program. The USDA’s decision sways consumer confidence in the organic label and disadvantages small-scale producers who don’t game the system.

Rodale Institute’s Organic Life has more on the story: https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/usda-organic-animal-welfare-rules-news