With the most organic acreage in the country — more than 2,000 certified operations, and 2007 product sales of more than $1.8 billion — California is critical to the success of the National Organic Program. Yet, a recent audit of the NOP found that California's own organic plan has been operating without enforcement and compliance procedures — as required by federal regulators — since 2004. “This reduces NOP's assurance that California … was producing organically labeled products that met ...

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