Omnivore - Another lawsuit alleging fraudulent use of organic label

Animal rights group takes on Petaluma


  • Animal Legal Defense Fund

Over the years, I've written occasional posts about the controversial and inexact definitions of the language of sustainable farming. Good examples are "organic" and "cage-free." Moreover, the US Department of Agriculture has been lax in enforcing its own standards.

That came to light last month when Aurora Organic Dairy was fined $7.5 million in a class action suit for fraudulent marketing claims concerning organic milk. The Cornucopia Institute, a farm policy research group, reported, this repugnant outcome:

Although the USDA found 14 serious violations of the organic standards, and career civil servants at the agency recommended decertification, political appointees allowed Aurora to continue in business with modifications to their operations and a one-year probation.