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TAKE ACTION: GMO Companies are Set to “Self-Regulate” Their Own GMOs

TAKE ACTION: GMO Companies are Set to "Self-Regulate" Their Own GMOs

(This article originally appeared on Organic Insider but because of its importance and urgency, it is being re-posted on Living Maxwell. Please become an Organic Insider subscriber today.) — In mid-June, President Trump received a tremendous amount of attention for signing an executive order directing the USDA, FDA and EPA to make it easier for […]

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(This article originally appeared on Organic Insider but because of its importance and urgency, it is being re-posted on Living Maxwell. Please become an Organic Insider subscriber today.)

In mid-June, President Trump received a tremendous amount of attention for signing an executive order directing the USDA, FDA and EPA to make it easier for genetically-engineering plants and animals to enter the food supply.

At face value, this seemed to be an ominous development. Yet, industry observers were not particularly impressed. Read more »


With its New GMO-Labeling Rule, the USDA Has Completely Failed the American Consumer

With its New GMO-Labeling Rule, the USDA Has Completely Failed the American Consumer

Based on what we have seen from the current administration’s USDA — the scrapping of the organic animal welfare rules, allowing hydroponics in organic even though it is a complete violation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, and turning a blind eye to ‘organic factory farms’ – should anyone be the least bit […]

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Based on what we have seen from the current administration’s USDA — the scrapping of the organic animal welfare rules, allowing hydroponics in organic even though it is a complete violation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, and turning a blind eye to ‘organic factory farms’ – should anyone be the least bit surprised that the recently released GMO-labeling rules completely fail the American consumer? Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Proposed GMO-Labeling Standards are Incredibly Deceptive, Confusing and An Insult to the American Consumer

TAKE ACTION: Proposed GMO-Labeling Standards are Incredibly Deceptive, Confusing and An Insult to the American

In the summer of 2016, President Obama signed an absolutely horrible GMO-labeling bill into existence. Two years later and with the proposed standards of this bill recently released to the public, we now see just how deceptive and confusing this piece of regulation is. Here are a few of the major points of the GMO-labeling […]

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In the summer of 2016, President Obama signed an absolutely horrible GMO-labeling bill into existence.

Two years later and with the proposed standards of this bill recently released to the public, we now see just how deceptive and confusing this piece of regulation is.

Here are a few of the major points of the GMO-labeling law, which is formally known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.

1) The standard defines “bioengineered” food as food “(A) that contains genetic material that has been modified through in vitro recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques; and (B) for which the modification could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature.”

First and foremost, a GMO-disclosure rule should make it clear and easy for consumers to know whether a food is genetically-modified or not.

The truth is that most people have no idea what “bioengineered” means, and using this seldom-used, scientific term is confusing to shoppers.

Replacing “GMO” or “genetically-modified” — terms that have been used by consumers for decades — with “bioengineered” is both disingenuous and deceptive. 

Second, the definition of “bioengineered” does not give us any clarity about whether the next generation of GMO technologies, such as gene-editing, synthetic biology and RNAi, will be covered under this rule. This is critically important.

2) Companies will have three options to disclose the presence of “bioengineered” foods – text, symbol or QR codes. QR codes are inherently discriminatory since nearly 100 million Americans do not have a smartphone.

The proposed bioengineered symbols with a smiley face, grass, a blue sky and sunshine — all of which are supposed to be neutral — give off the impression that “bioengineered” foods are healthy!

 

3) It is still uncertain if heavily processed, genetically-modified sugars, syrups and oils will require a label. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell the Trump Administration Not to Kill the Organic Animal Welfare Standards

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Trump Administration Not to Kill the Organic Animal Welfare Standards

On the day before he left office, President Obama approved the Organic Animal Welfare Standards, also known as the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule (OLPP). With the goal of improving how livestock are raised, OLPP, among many other things, would have outlawed porches and established minimum indoor space for birds. If President Obama were […]

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On the day before he left office, President Obama approved the Organic Animal Welfare Standards, also known as the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule (OLPP).

With the goal of improving how livestock are raised, OLPP, among many other things, would have outlawed porches and established minimum indoor space for birds.

If President Obama were that committed to the organic movement, he would not have waited until the very end of his presidency to sign this piece of legislation, thereby making it that much harder for the next administration — the Trump administration — to overturn it. Yet, that is precisely what has happened. Read more »


Take Action: Tell the National Organic Standards Board “NO” to Hydroponics

Take Action: Tell the National Organic Standards Board "NO" to Hydroponics

Please tell the NOSB to recommend that hydroponics be removed from organic. To do so, you can sign the Organic Consumers Association’s e-petition by clicking HERE. Important: The deadline to act is 11:59pm tonight, so don’t delay. — One of the most controversial aspects of organic is that hydroponically-grown vegetables are being allowed under the […]

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(Hydroponic growing system – does this look “organic” to you?)

Please tell the NOSB to recommend that hydroponics be removed from organic. To do so, you can sign the Organic Consumers Association’s e-petition by clicking HERE.

Important: The deadline to act is 11:59pm tonight, so don’t delay.

One of the most controversial aspects of organic is that hydroponically-grown vegetables are being allowed under the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Why is this a problem?

Organic was founded on the basis of growing plants in the soil. Period.

People buy organic because it tastes better, has superior nutrition, and is optimal for the environment. And this is all the result of the rich soil in organic farms. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards

TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards

Two days before President Obama left office, he passed very important Organic Animal Welfare Standards, which will vastly improve how animals are treated. (Why he waited until the last minute to do this is a whole other story.) Nevertheless, he pushed them through, and it appears that the Trump administration is looking to reverse course […]

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Two days before President Obama left office, he passed very important Organic Animal Welfare Standards, which will vastly improve how animals are treated. (Why he waited until the last minute to do this is a whole other story.)

Nevertheless, he pushed them through, and it appears that the Trump administration is looking to reverse course and kill them. Read more »


USDA Announces Organic Check-Off Program — and I am For It

USDA Announces Organic Check-Off Program -- and I am For It

(Promotional video funded by the Beef Checkoff Board. We need something similar for organic.) A few days ago, the USDA officially announced a proposed Organic Check-Off program, something that we have been hearing about for several years already. Other industries have used a check-off program in the past, such as milk, beef, and pork, primarily to […]

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(Promotional video funded by the Beef Checkoff Board. We need something similar for organic.)

A few days ago, the USDA officially announced a proposed Organic Check-Off program, something that we have been hearing about for several years already.

Other industries have used a check-off program in the past, such as milk, beef, and pork, primarily to conduct national advertising campaigns and to fund research activities. Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 of these programs within the agricultural industry. Read more »