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 »


TAKE ACTION: Cornucopia Alleges Corruption at the USDA’s National Organic Program, Demands New Management

TAKE ACTION: Cornucopia Alleges Corruption at the USDA's National Organic Program, Demands New Management

As we are getting ready to see either Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump take up residence in the White House, many of you may be wishing that we had another four years of President Obama. But whether you are for or against this current president, one thing has been irrefutable: he has been a complete […]

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(National Organic Standards Board meeting, photo courtesy of The Cornucopia Institute)

As we are getting ready to see either Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump take up residence in the White House, many of you may be wishing that we had another four years of President Obama.

But whether you are for or against this current president, one thing has been irrefutable: he has been a complete and utter disaster for organic.

Not only did he recently sign the worst GMO-labeling bill imaginable, which has put the future of organic in serious jeopardy, but his administration has approved every single genetically-modified crop that has been applied for, including genetically-engineered salmon, Agent Orange Corn and three types of genetically-engineered apples that don’t turn brown.

And these are just the high-levels initiatives that the much of the organic industry knows about. Yet, when you dig into the details of the day-to-day operations at the National Organic Program, it gets even worse. Read more »


What You Need to Know About The New “Non-GMO” Label

What You Need to Know About The New "Non-GMO" Label

To me, it is incredibly suspicious that after a mere two weeks of the DARK Act passing, a new “negative claim” GMO label was just put forth by the USDA. And who is going to benefit the most from it? Big Food, of course.

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(All images courtesy of the USDA)

To me, it is incredibly suspicious that after a mere two weeks of the DARK Act passing, a new “negative claim” GMO label was just put forth by the USDA. And who is going to benefit the most from it?

Big Food, of course. 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 »


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

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

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic) 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 […]

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(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic)

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

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

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic) 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 […]

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(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic)

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 »