New mining ban in northern Minnesota, Definition of ‘organic’ food tightens

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"USDA Organic" label is printed on the label of a carton of a dozen eggs
In this Monday, July 9, 2018 photo a “USDA Organic” label is printed on the label of a carton of a dozen eggs, in Walpole, Mass. The USDA Organic label generally signifies a product is made without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and that animals are raised according to certain standards. But disputes over the rules and reports of fraud may have some questioning whether the seal is worth the price. Steven Senne/AP Photo

We delve into mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness nature preserve in northern Minnesota. A spokesperson explains what changing USDA guidelines for “organic” means for farmers and consumers.

Featured in this Show

  • Biden Administration orders 20-year mining ban to protect Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

    Last month the U.S. Interior Department ordered a 20-year ban on mining upstream of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. The ban could end plans for a copper and nickel mine near Ely, but there are other proposals for mining in the region which remain unaffected.

  • Stricter standards for organic food labeling

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced stricter guidelines for what foods can be labeled “organic.” A spokesperson from Organic Valley explains what the new standards will mean for both farmers and consumers. And we learn how inflation and government aid is affecting organic producers.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Chris Knopf Guest
  • Adam Warthesen Guest

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