Because the overwhelming majority of U.S. foods are not produced organically, organic laws have often come underneath stress to accommodate non-organic strategies. This strain was notably strong in the mid 1990’s when a suggestion was made to allow use of sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic engineering in organically licensed foods. This advice was rejected, partially in response to greater than 250,000 letters obtained by the USDA in opposition to these regulatory modifications. To today, shopper pressure remains necessary in maintaining the “big three” (genetic engineering, irradiation, and sewage sludge) out of organic crop production. In some areas of the country and through certain seasons, the price of sure organic foods may be virtually identical to the value of their conventionally grown counterparts.
Whether or not it is a smart, strategic determination is a matter that every firm (and every consumer) will have to decide on a case–by-case foundation. A final … Read More