USA Today reports that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) “has issued draft rules for organic milk that would require that the cows be on pasture at least half the year and get plenty of fresh grass. The proposals are meant to close a loophole that has allowed some huge feedlots to sell their milk as organic, even though their cows rarely grazed on fresh grass.

“Advocates for family dairy farms and organic consumers say that's not what shoppers think they are buying when they pay a premium for organic milk.”

KC's View: Tightening up the rules is a smart thing. Organic ought to mean something, and diluting the rules hurts both consumers and the organic industry.