Really Organic or only kind of organic?

While avoiding real work and surfing mindlessly last night I stumbled across an interesting article. The author discusses the state of organic beer and more specifically, the hops used for them.

Apparently truly organic hops are still in short supply compared to the demand breweries have for them. The USDA has an exemption list that would allow breweries to use non-organic hops in some cases and still receive their 'Organic' seal on the packaging. If the brewery can prove that it attempted to use all organic and came up short they can substitute conventionally grown products in their place in some cases.

I really don't have an issue with the use of non-organics, just the fact that it would still be labeled as organic when its obviously not. If this loophole didn't exist I think the demand would start raising prices and convincing more farmers to try their hand at growing organic hops. Hopefully that would eventually catch up with demand and level the field.

You can read the full article here.

Chris Beedy
September 26, 2007, 7:07 am
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