This story (sorry, must view ad to read if not a Salon subscriber)http://tinyurl.com/34vv87Sounds alarm about changes that could adversly affect organic coffee growers">http://salon.com/mwt/food/eat_drink/2007/04/03/coffee_organic/index.html?source=newsletter akahttp://tinyurl.com/34vv87Sounds alarm about changes that could adversly affect organic coffee growers and consumers. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly released a ruling that alarmed organic certifiers and groups who work with third-world farmers. The decision tightens organic certification requirements to such a degree that it could sharply curtail the ability of small grower co-ops to produce organic coffee -- not to mention organic bananas, cocoa, sugar and even spices. Kimberly Easson, director of strategic relationships for TransFair USA, the fair trade certification group, puts it bluntly: "This ruling could wipe out the organic coffee market in the U.S." But in the ruling made public this month, the National Organic Program overturned that system, saying every farm in a grower group must now be visited and inspected annually -- as has been the practice in the United States -- rather than only a percentage. In a co-op situation requiring that every farm be visited is pretty unweildy. These changes come from cases where some growers have not followed organic practices and fouled the supply. Any of you know anything else about these changes? -- Michael Rasmussen, Portland Oregon Be appropriate && Follow your curiosity http://www.patch.com/words/ The fortune cookie says: 98% lean.