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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Amendment to Prohibit Approval of Genetically-Engineered Salmon

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Amendment to Prohibit Approval of Genetically-Engineered Salmon

Very quietly last week, we got some positive news on the genetically-engineered (GE) salmon front. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment that prohibits the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from using any of its FY2012 funding to approve GE-salmon. The amendment, which was put forth by Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Lynn Woolsey […]

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Very quietly last week, we got some positive news on the genetically-engineered (GE) salmon front.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment that prohibits the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from using any of its FY2012 funding to approve GE-salmon.

The amendment, which was put forth by Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), is part of the appropriations bill entitled The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). It passed by a 217-203 vote.

As it stands now, the FDA, instead of the USDA, has the legal power to approve all genetically-engineered animals through its new animal drug law. Yet, industry experts have a real problem with the way that the FDA handles the approval process. Read more »


Charges of Corruption at the Organic Trade Association, My Take on the Matter

Charges of Corruption at the Organic Trade Association, My Take on the Matter

Over the last few days, there has been an incredible amount of drama surrounding the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the major lobbying group of the organic industry. A video was posted anonymously on YouTube (under the name OrganicSpies) that claims a huge conflict of interest on OTAs board is preventing the organization from fulfilling its […]

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Over the last few days, there has been an incredible amount of drama surrounding the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the major lobbying group of the organic industry.

A video was posted anonymously on YouTube (under the name OrganicSpies) that claims a huge conflict of interest on OTAs board is preventing the organization from fulfilling its unwavering support for organic. Read more »


I am Seeing Positive Signs of Food Safety in Organics

I am Seeing Positive Signs of Food Safety in Organics

Food safety is a topic on everyone’s mind these days. While organic food consumers do believe that organic is much safer than conventionally-grown food, our system is by no means fool-proof. This week I saw two positive pieces of news in regards to food safety, and I wanted to bring them to your attention. The […]

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Food safety is a topic on everyone’s mind these days. While organic food consumers do believe that organic is much safer than conventionally-grown food, our system is by no means fool-proof.

This week I saw two positive pieces of news in regards to food safety, and I wanted to bring them to your attention.

The first one was that a certified organic food importer called OTC-USA, based in Ephrata, PA, has decided to start residue testing on all organic produce imported from the Southern Hemisphere. OTC-USA will be working with Environmental Micro Analysis, out of Woodland CA, to do the testing and the results are available upon request.

Why is this significant? Read more »


Big Legal Victory over the USDA and Monsanto in Important GE-Sugar Beets Case

Big Legal Victory over the USDA and Monsanto in Important GE-Sugar Beets Case

Last week, the organic food industry scored a very important victory. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a summary order concluding a long-standing lawsuit over the impact of genetically-engineered “Roundup Ready” sugar beets. In Plain English, This Means….. Previous court rulings have said that the USDA […]

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Last week, the organic food industry scored a very important victory.

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a summary order concluding a long-standing lawsuit over the impact of genetically-engineered “Roundup Ready” sugar beets.

In Plain English, This Means…..

Previous court rulings have said that the USDA must complete an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) before allowing genetically-engineered “Roundup Ready” sugar beets to be planted.  These ge-sugar beets have been engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Of course, Monsanto and its allies at the USDA do not want to wait a few years until an EIS is completed. That would result in lost sales, and who knows what the EIS might say. The EIS may actually say what many of us believe to be true – that ge-crops and herbicides (1) will contaminate nearby and similar crops, such as organic sugar beets and organic chard; and (2) will contaminate the water supply and damage environmental surroundings. Read more »


On Organic Food, “Obama is Worse than Bush”

On Organic Food, "Obama is Worse than Bush"

Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety, is the leading person in the U.S. in the fight against genetically-modified food. Additionally, there is probably no individual in our country who can speak more accurately about the Obama administration’s stance on organic food than Andrew Kimbrell. As you will see in this video, […]

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Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety, is the leading person in the U.S. in the fight against genetically-modified food. Additionally, there is probably no individual in our country who can speak more accurately about the Obama administration’s stance on organic food than Andrew Kimbrell.

As you will see in this video, which was shot recently at the 2011 Expo West trade show, the behavior of the USDA and the policies / appointments that President Obama is making are very, very unsettling.

The truth is this: We have a president in power who is not in the least bit interested in protecting organic food and is only concerned about promoting GMOs.

On this blog, I do not have a Republican or Democratic agenda. I have an organic food agenda.

 


The Impending National Advertising Campaign for Organic – Why It is So Crucial

The Impending National Advertising Campaign for Organic - Why It is So Crucial

When I attended the Deepak Chopra event at ABC Home on Friday night, I had an opportunity to ask a question that has been stirring in my mind ever since Expo West – Why isn’t there a national advertising/branding campaign for organic? From the numbers I saw at Expo West, the Florida orange juice industry […]

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When I attended the Deepak Chopra event at ABC Home on Friday night, I had an opportunity to ask a question that has been stirring in my mind ever since Expo West – Why isn’t there a national advertising/branding campaign for organic?

From the numbers I saw at Expo West, the Florida orange juice industry ($1.3b) spends $16m on advertising, the beef industry ($30b) spends $42m on advertising, and the milk industry ($27b) spends $10m on advertising.

Yet, the organic food industry ($25b) spends practically nothing. This makes no sense whatsoever. Read more »


A Very Important Lawsuit Against Monsanto to Protect Organic Farmers

A Very Important Lawsuit Against Monsanto to Protect Organic Farmers

As documented in the organic food movies Food, Inc. and The Future of Food, Monsanto uses its tremendous financial muscle to put the major squeeze on organic farmers. What is Monsanto doing exactly? Monsanto will go onto the properties of organic farmers, collect samples of the soil, detect that its GMO-seeds are in the soil […]

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As documented in the organic food movies Food, Inc. and The Future of Food, Monsanto uses its tremendous financial muscle to put the major squeeze on organic farmers. What is Monsanto doing exactly?

Monsanto will go onto the properties of organic farmers, collect samples of the soil, detect that its GMO-seeds are in the soil of the organic farmers, and then file lawsuits against these organic farmers.

The organic farmers have never purchased these patented seeds of Monsanto but the organic soil has been contaminated by these GMO-seeds from the wind, bees or some other method.

Nevertheless, Monsanto sues these organic farmers for patent infringement.

The chemical giant uses its massive financial leverage to force organic farmers to fight them in court (which most organic farmers cannot afford to do) or pay penalties and switch to buying Monsanto’s GMO-seeds.

These legal tactics have been used many times before and ruin lives of organic farmers, even though the farmers have done absolutely nothing wrong. Furthermore, many courts in the past have ruled in favor of Monsanto’s claims, which is absolutely absurd. Read more »