Wither the USDA organic certification? The Washington Post runs a must-read summary of the pressure on the Department of Agriculture to toughen its organic standards, lest the label becomes a useless joke.

“It will unravel everything we’ve done if the standards can no longer be trusted,” said Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), who sponsored the federal organics legislation. “If we don’t protect the brand, the organic label, the program is finished. It could disappear overnight.”

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