Tensions prevailed at semiannual meeting of the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), when federal advisory panel permitted use of number of synthetic ingredients in organics. The Cornucopia Institute exposed the corrupt practices in the constitution of the advisory board and their past approval processes. Carrageenan, a stabilizer and thickener synthesized from seaweed was approved at the meeting, which can cause gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer. The committee was accused of making entire regulatory process into a mockery. The institute also filed a formal complaint in the federal court for the necessary actions against the culprits' members, who approved harmful synthesizers. "There is currently no alternative for consumers, who are seeking safe and nutritious food, other than direct, local marketing by farmers," concluded Cornucopia Institute's Mark Kastel.
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