President Obama Signs the Disastrous Federal GMO-Labeling Bill, Putting the Future of Organic in Danger

Us President Barack Obama At Nato Summit
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On late Friday afternoon, President Obama signed the sham Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling bill (S. 764) which will allow, among many other things, companies to use QR codes instead of clear GMO labels on a food product’s packaging.

This bill is so discriminatory and so poorly written that it potentially violates several amendments of the Constitution. Additionally, it puts the integrity of the organic seal in real jeopardy.

What is arguably the most troubling aspect of this bill is that while almost every single organic consumer organization fought this bill, the organic industry’s leading trade organization praised the bill and lobbied for it to pass.

Here are the key points to understand, in terms of analyzing the bill, what this means for the organic industry, and where we go from here. Read more »


TIME SENSITIVE: Don’t Let the U.S. Senate Block Very Important Organic Animal Welfare Regulations

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Not only is organic not supported and protected as it should be in the U.S., but the truth is that organic is under constant attack.

The most obvious example of this is that organic farms are under a constant threat of contamination from nearby genetically-modified crops (GMOs) yet our government does nothing to protect these farms or farmers. Read more »


Organic is in Serious Danger – Here’s What You Need to Know

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I don’t want to be an alarmist and make things out to be worse than they are, but we are truly on the precipice of organic disappearing as we know it.

Why?

The very dangerous H.R. 1599 (also known as the DARK Act – the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act) just passed a House subcommittee and is expected to go to the House floor for a vote any day now. Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, has said quite confidently that it will pass in the House and the only question is whether it passes in the Senate. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: The DARK Act is a Very Dangerous Threat to Organic and our Right to Know

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As it stands now, 64 countries around the world require GMOs to be labeled — but the U.S. does not.

Since the federal government refuses to change this policy, states have been taking matters into their own hands by either passing GMO-labeling laws (Vermont) or banning the cultivation of GMOs (Oregon, Hawaii).

Needless to say, this trend isn’t sitting well with any of the big GMO and chemical companies. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama, USDA to Stop Undermining Organics

saveorganicpetitionDespite the fact that organic is more popular than ever and companies such as Walmart and Target are significantly boosting their offerings, one would think that support for organic in Washington, D.C. would be growing as well.

Sadly, that is not the case.

Not only is support for organic not growing, the Obama administration and his USDA are doing everything they can to weaken organic standards and dismantle the authority of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an independent, 15-member advisory board which helps to oversee the industry and make important recommendations.

THE SUNSET RULE

One of the most important policies that we have in organic is something called The Sunset Rule.  What this means is the following. Read more »