Organic farmers, retailers and groups like the National Farmers Union are counting the new organic standards among their Christmas bonuses. The new label stands as a government funded marketing tool for the organic industry. “It’s a stamp of approval – all of a sudden, organic becomes legitimate,” said the owner of one organic food store. This, despite Secretary of Agriculture Glickman’s assurances the organic label “is not a statement about food safety.” AP, December 27, 2000 2000 “New Hampshire Farmers Pleased with Federal Standards for Organic Products;” United Press International, December 27, 2000