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OTA Urges Greater Emphasis On Organic Foods In U.S. Dietary Guidelines

July 8, 2010: 03:23 AM EST
Draft dietary guidelines from the USDA and Dept. of Health and Human Services should be revised to encourage American shoppers concerned about exposure to toxic chemicals to look for the USDA Organic label on products, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) said in testimony before an advisory committee that is writing a new version of the guidelines. The organization criticized statements in the draft guidelines that say organic and conventional foods have similar nutritional value and contributions to human health. “These conclusions are neither grounded in current science nor relevant to the mandate of the dietary guidelines,” an OTA official said. She also noted that the guidelines offer advice that conflicts with the President’s Cancer Panel regarding ways to reduce environmental cancer risk by minimizing exposure to pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Barbara Haumann, "OTA: Dietary Guidelines need to take stronger stand on organic foods", Press Release, Organic Trade Association, July 08, 2010, © Organic Trade Association
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