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Upset Over Policy Differences and that Major GMO/Chemical Companies are Members of the Organic Trade Association, Nature’s Path Quits the Organization as a Protest to Save Organic

Upset Over Policy Differences and that Major GMO/Chemical Companies are Members of the Organic Trade Associati

* Iconic cereal brand Nature’s Path has quit the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a protest to save organic. * The company says the OTA “is not working in step with organic advocates to protect and strengthen the original principles of the organic movement” and is not acting with sincerity when it comes to hydroponics, […]

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The Stephens family, owners of Nature’s Path (l. to r., Ratana Stephens, Arjan Stephens, Jyoti Stephens, Arran Stephens)

* Iconic cereal brand Nature’s Path has quit the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a protest to save organic.

* The company says the OTA “is not working in step with organic advocates to protect and strengthen the original principles of the organic movement” and is not acting with sincerity when it comes to hydroponics, the most divisive issue in organic.

* BASF and Cargill have been granted membership in the OTA, even though their GMO and chemical products “are actively harming” organic farmers.

* The OTA defends its governance, transparency and organic agenda.

For some people, having BASF — one of the world’s most powerful chemical and GMO companies — as a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is not a problem.

For Arran Stephens, CEO and Co-Founder of the fiercely independent, family-owned Nature’s Path, this was something that he could no longer tolerate.

A combination of frustration with the OTA over the years, the organization’s willingness to accept hydroponics in organic, and allowing non-organic members, such as BASF, Cargill, Campbell’s and General Mills, to have influence over the direction of the OTA were all reasons Nature’s Path cited as reasons why it recently left the trade group.

“Our departure from the OTA is an act of protest to raise awareness of our concern that the important role organic plays to support the health of consumers and our planet is being compromised,” says Arran Stephens. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Reject Genetically-Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Reject Genetically-Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

It is bad enough that we have to deal with genetically-engineered foods, but now we are facing the prospect of something potentially even more scary: genetically-engineered trees. Tree biotech company ArborGen is requesting an unprecedented USDA approval for its genetically-engineered (GE), “freeze tolerant” eucalyptus. If the USDA grants this approval, it will be the first-ever GE-forest […]

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It is bad enough that we have to deal with genetically-engineered foods, but now we are facing the prospect of something potentially even more scary: genetically-engineered trees.

Tree biotech company ArborGen is requesting an unprecedented USDA approval for its genetically-engineered (GE), “freeze tolerant” eucalyptus. If the USDA grants this approval, it will be the first-ever GE-forest tree to be commercially grown in the U.S., allowing ArborGen to plant massive, unregulated GE-tree farms. Read more »


HUGE NEWS: Scientific Study Says that GMOs are Not “Substantially Equivalent” to Non-GMOs

HUGE NEWS: Scientific Study Says that GMOs are Not "Substantially Equivalent" to Non-GMOs

The U.S. government approved GMOs under the premise that they were “substantially equivalent” to Non-GMOs, which means that they are compositionally the same as Non-GMOs, in terms of safety and nutritional profile. More than anything, however, this substantial equivalence term was a way for Big Seed companies to get their products to market quickly without […]

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The U.S. government approved GMOs under the premise that they were “substantially equivalent” to Non-GMOs, which means that they are compositionally the same as Non-GMOs, in terms of safety and nutritional profile.

More than anything, however, this substantial equivalence term was a way for Big Seed companies to get their products to market quickly without any long-term safety studies or scientific scrutiny. This was corporate influence and manipulation over the regulatory process at its finest. Read more »


Report: Environmental Working Group busts the Myth that U.S. Industrial Agriculture Will End World Hunger

Report: Environmental Working Group busts the Myth that U.S. Industrial Agriculture Will End World Hunger

One of the myths that GMO apologists constantly promote is that genetically-modified food produced in the U.S. is required to “feed the world” and anyone who fights against GMOs, according to Purdue University president Mitch Daniels, is “callous, heartless and cruel”. With the United Nations estimating that the global population will reach 9 billion by 2050, […]

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One of the myths that GMO apologists constantly promote is that genetically-modified food produced in the U.S. is required to “feed the world” and anyone who fights against GMOs, according to Purdue University president Mitch Daniels, is “callous, heartless and cruel”.

With the United Nations estimating that the global population will reach 9 billion by 2050, Monsanto et al has positioned GMOs as a “moral imperative” to stave off global hunger. After all, people in developing countries can in no way feed themselves, they would like us to believe. American agriculture is the only solution. Read more »


The Saga of the DARK Act Continues, How You Can Help

The Saga of the DARK Act Continues, How You Can Help

If you haven’t read the post that I put up last week about the DARK Act, how organic is in serious danger, please go do so HERE and make sure to share it with your network. Since that post went “live”, there have been two other pieces that I want to bring to your attention.

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If you haven’t read the post that I put up last week about the DARK Act, how organic is in serious danger, please go do so HERE and make sure to share it with your network.

Since that post went “live”, there have been two other pieces that I want to bring to your attention. Read more »


VIDEO: Gwyneth Paltrow Demonstrates Why QR Codes are an Unacceptable Alternative to GMO-Labels

VIDEO: Gwyneth Paltrow Demonstrates Why QR Codes are an Unacceptable Alternative to GMO-Labels

With Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill set to go into effect on July 1st, federal efforts to kill this bill — via the DARK Act — have still not died. The DARK Act, a federal bill which would make it illegal for states to label GMOs, was passed in the House last year but was narrowly defeated […]

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With Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill set to go into effect on July 1st, federal efforts to kill this bill — via the DARK Act — have still not died.

The DARK Act, a federal bill which would make it illegal for states to label GMOs, was passed in the House last year but was narrowly defeated in the Senate several weeks ago.

We know that Republicans absolutely do not want Vermont’s bill to go into effect and are still trying to push the DARK Act through the Senate. What is making more news as of late is that Senator Debbie Stabenow, an influential Democrat from Michigan who has taken $500,000 in donations from Monsanto, Dow, and Coca-Cola, wants the DARK Act to pass as well.

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Huge Victory! The EPA rejects “Agent Orange Corn”

Huge Victory! The EPA rejects "Agent Orange Corn"

In phenomenal news, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced that it is revoking the registration of the controversial chemical Enlist Duo, effectively ending for good all prospects for Agent Orange Corn. Enlist Duo is the super-toxic herbicide (a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D) to be sprayed on Dow Chemical’s genetically-engineered corn (and soy), widely referred to in the organic industry […]

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In phenomenal news, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced that it is revoking the registration of the controversial chemical Enlist Duo, effectively ending for good all prospects for Agent Orange Corn.

Enlist Duo is the super-toxic herbicide (a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D) to be sprayed on Dow Chemical’s genetically-engineered corn (and soy), widely referred to in the organic industry as Agent Orange Corn. Read more »