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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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 »


TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama to Veto This Sham GMO-Labeling Bill

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama to Veto This Sham GMO-Labeling Bill

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic) Last week, the Senate exhibited absolutely no shame whatsoever and passed the Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling “Compromise” bill 63-30. As I have written about before, this bill is an absolute joke and a total affront to all American citizens. Why?

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Last week, the Senate exhibited absolutely no shame whatsoever and passed the Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling “Compromise” bill 63-30.

As I have written about before, this bill is an absolute joke and a total affront to all American citizens. Why? Read more »


TAKE ACTION: USDA is Close to Approving “Agent Orange” Corn and Soy

TAKE ACTION: USDA is Close to Approving "Agent Orange" Corn and Soy

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF 5/1/14. The EPA has announced a proposal to allow 2,4-D to be sprayed on genetically-engineered corn and soy crops. Please read below and take action. —— If you are under the illusion that our government will take the necessary steps to protect the health of its citizens, think […]

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THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF 5/1/14.

The EPA has announced a proposal to allow 2,4-D to be sprayed on genetically-engineered corn and soy crops. Please read below and take action.

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If you are under the illusion that our government will take the necessary steps to protect the health of its citizens, think again.

Not only did a Harvard professor recently publish a report saying that the FDA suffers from “institutional corruption” and that “meeting the needs of the drug companies has taken priority over meeting the needs of patients”, but now we have more tangible proof of government agencies putting corporate profits ahead of the well-being of the American people. Read more »


Top 5 Organic Food News Stories for 2014

Top 5 Organic Food News Stories for 2014

As we head into 2014, there are several stories that I’ll be keeping a close eye on, all of which could have a monumental impact on the organic food industry. While there easily could have been a lot more, here are My Top 5 Organic Food News Stories for 2014. SINGLE INGREDIENT LABELING OF GMOs […]

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As we head into 2014, there are several stories that I’ll be keeping a close eye on, all of which could have a monumental impact on the organic food industry.

While there easily could have been a lot more, here are My Top 5 Organic Food News Stories for 2014.

SINGLE INGREDIENT LABELING OF GMOs

Over the last few months, the rumors about single ingredient labeling of GMOs have really been heating up.

First off, what is “single ingredient labeling of GMOs”?

Single ingredient labeling of GMOs means that any food where there is only one ingredient – apples, corn, papayas, etc. It is just that one piece of food, nothing else. 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 »


IMPORTANT Information About Non-GMO Food

IMPORTANT Information About Non-GMO Food

Before I begin this post, let me be clear about one thing. I am very, very against GMOs. I write about the tremendous health risks of GMOs, hold fundraisers to help get GMOs labeled, am a member of the Just Label It! campaign, participate in GMO Right to Know marches, and discuss how GMOs contribute […]

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Before I begin this post, let me be clear about one thing. I am very, very against GMOs.

I write about the tremendous health risks of GMOs, hold fundraisers to help get GMOs labeled, am a member of the Just Label It! campaign, participate in GMO Right to Know marches, and discuss how GMOs contribute to the toxicity of our water supply.

Most importantly, I do not consume GMOs nor purchase products that contain them.

GMOs are receiving a tremendous amount of attention these days, especially with Whole Foods’ recent announcement that all GMOs in their stores will be labeled by 2018.

All this being said, it is incredibly important that you understand one thing. Non-GMO is not the same, or as good, as organic. Read more »


Approval of Dow Chemical’s Very Controversial GMO-Corn to be Delayed

Approval of Dow Chemical's Very Controversial GMO-Corn to be Delayed

We just got a piece of good news that I wanted to share with you. Due to our tremendous protests and outcry, Dow Chemical’s genetically-modified crop that is resistant to 2,4-D has been put on hold until at least 2014. Given that President Obama and the USDA have been giving rubber-stamp approval to every single […]

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We just got a piece of good news that I wanted to share with you.

Due to our tremendous protests and outcry, Dow Chemical’s genetically-modified crop that is resistant to 2,4-D has been put on hold until at least 2014. Given that President Obama and the USDA have been giving rubber-stamp approval to every single GMO-crop that crosses their desks, this is a small victory.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this GMO-corn, it is a type of genetically-modified corn that has been developed to be resistant against an herbicide called 2,4-D. The idea is that you can spray 2,4-D (a toxic chemical) on the plant but it won’t damage the crop. It will kill the weeds around it, however.

What makes 2,4-D so fearsome is that it was the primary ingredient in Agent Orange. And as you may remember, Agent Orange was the code name for one of the chemicals used in Vietnam as part of a broad herbicidal warfare program.

Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children were born with birth defects as a result of this lethal strategy. Read more »