After many years of study, research and living to control rheumatoid arthritis through diet, exercise and supplementation, I am troubled by the USDA's late entrance to establish rules to govern organic farm produce. For the past 30 years I have grown as much of my own food as possible, and then when necessary, I have tried to purchase only organically grown produce and meats from reliable sources. I believe there are credible organizations in existence that should be used to establish the guidelines of what is pure organic food.

We don't need big agricultural interests to establish standards based upon economic considerations rather than health. With the recent proposals such as genetically engineered foods, the irradiation of food (which has not been tested for at least a generation on those willing to accept its risks), the use of dangerous antibiotics that are necessary for large feed lots, and the use of sludge for food crops and any other toxic or unproven additions to pure food, it is necessary, now more than ever, to keep standardization under the now accepted organic definition.It would be wise to adhere to the National Organic Standards Board to seek these guidelines and not the interests that are trying to make large sums of money by infiltrating the organic market.

J.F. Brown