Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is seeking public comments on a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion fee program to be paid by producers and handlers in the organic industry. Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group wrote this opinion piece, which was originally posted on FoodTank.com on Jan. 17, 2017. Organic producers and handlers would pay one-tenth of 1 percent of net organic sales under the check-off program. To read the USDA proposal in the Federal Register, click here.

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