JOHN E. SUNUNU
Uncle Sam subverts organic farming
Once upon a time, all you needed to be an organic farmer in America was a pair of Birkenstocks and a commitment to keep your products chemical-free. Today, organic farming is a $30 billion industry dominated by Big Agriculture, backed up by Uncle Sam and a federal rulebook that gets longer every day. In the halls of Congress, the rhetoric never changes: Support tough rules and side with the little guy. But history tells us that an overbearing regulatory bureaucracy benefits lumbering corporations just about every time.