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GMO-Labeling Failed in Washington, So Now What? Here’s What MUST Be Done

GMO-Labeling Failed in Washington, So Now What? Here's What MUST Be Done

As you may very well be aware of right now, the organic food movement recently lost I-522, the GMO-labeling initiative in Washington State, 51% to 49%. Our opponents outspent us by approximately $22M to $8M, and from what I hear, the negative and relentless ads were absolutely pounding the airwaves, similar to what happened in […]

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As you may very well be aware of right now, the organic food movement recently lost I-522, the GMO-labeling initiative in Washington State, 51% to 49%.

Our opponents outspent us by approximately $22M to $8M, and from what I hear, the negative and relentless ads were absolutely pounding the airwaves, similar to what happened in last year’s California vote with Proposition 37.

I am greatly appreciative of the effort that the campaign leaders put forth and the tremendous generosity that every donor exhibited, most notably David Bronner from Dr. Bronner’s. Despite the fact that we lost, more Americans than ever know about GMOs and the importance of GMO-labeling. This fact cannot be underestimated.

Yet, the majority of politicians in Washington D.C. still do not support a federal GMO-labeling law, and the only two states that have passed GMO-labeling bills, Connecticut and Maine, have serious requirements that must be met in order for the laws to kick in. The truth is that we are nowhere close to where we need to be. Read more »


TAKE ACTION – Don’t Let Proposed FDA Food Safety Rules Devastate Small Local and Organic Farmers

TAKE ACTION - Don't Let Proposed FDA Food Safety Rules Devastate Small Local and Organic Farmers

With the continued popularity and importance of farmers markets around the country, it would seem logical that our government would put in place policies to protect these treasured institutions and the people who supply them the food. The problem, however, is that the success of local and organic farmers markets is a serious threat to Big […]

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With the continued popularity and importance of farmers markets around the country, it would seem logical that our government would put in place policies to protect these treasured institutions and the people who supply them the food.

The problem, however, is that the success of local and organic farmers markets is a serious threat to Big Agriculture. These massive companies would prefer that our entire diet consist of nutritionally-devoid, genetically-modified soy and corn instead of healthy organic produce grown by local farmers. Read more »


Major Food Companies Launch A New Trick in Washington’s GMO-Labeling Campaign

Major Food Companies Launch A New Trick in Washington's GMO-Labeling Campaign

The country’s most important GMO-labeling campaign is taking place right now in Washington State, and it is called I-522. There are a few key things about this campaign that I wanted to discuss with you. 1) Among everyone that I speak to in the industry, the general consensus is that getting GMO-labeling approved in our […]

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The country’s most important GMO-labeling campaign is taking place right now in Washington State, and it is called I-522.

There are a few key things about this campaign that I wanted to discuss with you.

1) Among everyone that I speak to in the industry, the general consensus is that getting GMO-labeling approved in our country will be a bottoms-up, rather than a top-down, approach.

This means that we have to win on the state level rather than have it be mandated above from the federal government. Politicians in Washington D.C. are so under the influence of lobbyists and corporations that getting any serious traction on a national level has proven to be incredibly difficult. Read more »


Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, on Fixing Our Food System and Foodopoly

Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, on Fixing Our Food System and Foodopoly

Having been entrenched in the organic food sector for the last few years, I have come to gain a tremendous appreciation for the non-profits that play such a vital role in protecting both our industry and the American consumer. And without a question, one of these phenomenal non-profits is Food & Water Watch. Recently, I […]

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Having been entrenched in the organic food sector for the last few years, I have come to gain a tremendous appreciation for the non-profits that play such a vital role in protecting both our industry and the American consumer.

And without a question, one of these phenomenal non-profits is Food & Water Watch.

Recently, I caught up with the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, someone who worked for Ralph Nader for 10 years, and we spoke about many different topics – food policy in the U.S., what exactly her organization does and where it operates, and how citizens must get involved.

We also discussed her excellent new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

If you’re interested in learning about what is truly going on in our food system and how we can fix it, I strongly suggest that you read Foodopoly. It can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

(Several of the photos used in the video are courtesy of Food & Water Watch.)

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Recap of NY State’s GE-Labeling Hearings, Interview with Andrew Kimbrell from The Center for Food Safety

Recap of NY State's GE-Labeling Hearings, Interview with Andrew Kimbrell from The Center for Food Safety

Last week was a first for me. Even though I have attended a countless number of meetings, seminars and conference calls for the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) food, and have been involved with many marches, rallies, and fundraisers across the country, I had yet to attend an official GE-labeling political hearing — until the one held […]

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Last week was a first for me.

Even though I have attended a countless number of meetings, seminars and conference calls for the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) food, and have been involved with many marches, rallies, and fundraisers across the country, I had yet to attend an official GE-labeling political hearing — until the one held a few days ago in New York City.

And let me tell you, it was an eye-opener.

Ever since the narrow loss of last year’s Proposition 37, California’s GE-labeling ballot initiative, the momentum in the U.S. for the labeling of GE-food has never been stronger.

GE-labeling legislation is in various stages in 25 different states. Connecticut and Maine have passed GE-labeling bills, albeit with major provisional clauses, and the state of Washington will be voting on its own bill later this year. Read more »


Genetically-Engineered Trees????? Yes, and Why Humanity Should be Petrified

Genetically-Engineered Trees????? Yes, and Why Humanity Should be Petrified

The more time that you spend in the organic industry, the more you learn about what is truly going on and what you find is pretty scary. While I try to remain as optimistic as possible, the reality is that the organic industry is under a constant existential threat from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Even though […]

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The more time that you spend in the organic industry, the more you learn about what is truly going on and what you find is pretty scary.

While I try to remain as optimistic as possible, the reality is that the organic industry is under a constant existential threat from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

Even though organic food has never been more popular, nearly 80% of the food on supermarket shelves contains GMOs and organic farmland is shrinking, a very worrisome trend. While 64 nations around the world require GMOs to be labeled, the U.S. does not. Why?

Because the ag-biotech industry has “purchased” agricultural policy in our country, by spending $572 million on campaign contributions and lobbying from 1999-2010. Read more »


THANK YOU, Gary Hirshberg!!!!!!!

THANK YOU, Gary Hirshberg!!!!!!!

In case you didn’t read it, I started off my Organic Link Love column the other day with a quote from Debbie Stabenow, the Democratic Senator from Michigan and chair of the Agriculture Committee. During the recent vote for GMO-labeling in the Senate Farm Bill, The Huffington Post quoted her as saying that “labels run counter […]

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In case you didn’t read it, I started off my Organic Link Love column the other day with a quote from Debbie Stabenow, the Democratic Senator from Michigan and chair of the Agriculture Committee.

During the recent vote for GMO-labeling in the Senate Farm Bill, The Huffington Post quoted her as saying that “labels run counter to science and the public interest in healthy food.”

This is one of the most ridiculous statements that I have ever heard. And it is completely insulting to the intelligence of any American citizen.

In the United States, we have a fundamental right to know what is in our food. Yet, these rights don’t seem to matter to a majority of the politicians in Washington, D.C., such as Senator Stabenow, who are fighting against the labeling of GMOs.

The real question is: why are so many men and women in Congress doing everything they can to kill GMO-labeling efforts?

Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder/Chairman of Stonyfield and Founder of Just Label It!, said it best the other day when he gave a commencement address at Bates College in Maine:

“conventional wisdom is a fabricated aura of inevitability bought and paid for by massive lobbying and campaign finance donations.”

This is not hyperbole. This is reality. Read more »