I just learned about this and time is short. A USDA rule change is threatening to put hops on the list of ingredients allowed to be non-organic in beers labeled organic. Take quick action:
1. Submit comments to USDA by midnight EST TONIGHT (Tuesday May 22):
2. Sign the Organic Consumers Association’s petition:
Here’s the text I submitted to USDA. It’s very rough due to the short notice but it makes the point.
I am writing to express my opposition to one of the items included on Docket No. AMS-TM-07-0062, the National Organic Program (NOP) Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, specifically hops.
As part owner of a brewing supply company and author of the book “Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society, 2006),” I strongly feel that beer labeled organic should be required to contain organic hops.
Hops are a basic ingredient in beer. Selling “organic” beer with non-organic hops erodes consumer confidence and the integrity of the organic seal. Furthermore, it is unnecessary. Organic hops are already available and their supply will improve quickly if organic hops are required in organic beer.
Please do not allow hops to be included on the the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
Quickly now, stop reading and click on the links above.