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VIDEO: President Hillary Clinton Would be a Nightmare for Organic

VIDEO: President Hillary Clinton Would be a Nightmare for Organic

Let me first state that I have neither a Democratic agenda nor a Republican agenda. I have an organic agenda. So, whomever is in the White House matters a great deal because of the support, or lack of support, that our president will give to the organic industry. Despite his campaign promise in 2007 to label GMOs, […]

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Let me first state that I have neither a Democratic agenda nor a Republican agenda.

I have an organic agenda.

So, whomever is in the White House matters a great deal because of the support, or lack of support, that our president will give to the organic industry.

Despite his campaign promise in 2007 to label GMOs, President Obama has failed to live up to this pledge and has betrayed organic advocates from the very beginning.

Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety, has even said that “Obama is worse than Bush” when it comes to organic.

Among other things, Obama has essentially rubber-stamped every GMO that has been applied for, deregulated genetically-engineered alfalfa (which means that GE-alfalfa can be grown without restriction and will contaminate organic alfalfa, essential for the organic meat and dairy industries), and his USDA is in the process of destroying the National Organic Standards Board.

So, as all of us wait to see who will be the next president, and remain hopeful that he or she will protect organic food, one thing that should frighten us all are the following three words: President Hillary Clinton.

Take a look at the video below where she recently spoke at the Biotechnology Industry Organization conference (see minutes 28 to 32) and enthusiastically endorsed GMOs.

When speaking about GMOs, she says that “there is a gap between what the facts are and what perceptions are.”

Why is her support of GMOs so troubling?

Because GMOs contaminate organic farms, and the two CANNOT co-exist.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Organic Consumers Association has launched a petition telling Hillary Clinton to dump Monsanto and support organic.

Since the Clintons are master politicians, they will do whatever it takes to get into and stay in office. Therefore, the only chance we have is to make our voices heard and inform Hillary that her support of GMOs will have serious consequences among organic advocates.

To sign the petition, click HERE.

Thank you so much for supporting organic food.

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6 Comments

  • Mike J> says:

    Best thing to do is to NEVER eat any food that comes from any store. Whether its in a box, a can, frozen, etc. Its all pretend food void of all benefits. Not worth time wasting money on it.
    Farmers market is the only way to go.

  • Richard Siegel says:

    Max, with all due respect, it is possible for the Government to be pro-GMO and also pro-organic. Ask anyone who is genuinely interested and informed about the organic movement.. The USDA under Secretary Vilsack and President Obama has been an outstanding supporter of organic, even though it also supports biotechnology. One does not have anything to do with the other. Consumers who do not want GMOs in their food can choose to buy organic food or conventional food that has been non-GMO verified. Organic fields can be exposed to GMO drift. I do not think “contaminate” is the right word to describe this. The damage is primarily economic, if an organic farm cannot sell its crop commercially as organic because of GMO exposure. 93 percent of corn grown in the US is GMO and if this were “contamination,” we would hear a lot more about it.. The organic farmer takes a commercial risk of exposure to GMOs when he or she farms organically. This is an economic risk that should be insured through crop insurance, the same as any other risk that the organic farmer cannot control. When Andrew Kimbrell says Obama was worse than Bush, he cannot possibly mean that Obama was worse than Bush on organic. He is viewing this solely from the standpoint of anti-GMO advocacy. There is a lot more involved in organic farming than just the avoidance of GMOs.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Dick,

      While there may have been token gestures to benefit organic, I have absolutely no idea how you can say that Vilsack and Obama have been outstanding supporters of organic.

      1) He promised to label GMOs in 2007 during his presidential campaign https://livingmaxwell.com/obama-promised-to-label-gmos and has yet to make good on his pledge, arguably the biggest issue of organic consumers.

      2) He deregulated GE-alfalfa, which puts the organic dairy and meat industries in real jeopardy. I have spoken to many of these companies and they are now very scared about the existence because of contamination.

      3) The USDA is trying to completely dismantle organic standards (with the horrendous change to the Sunset Rule) and the integrity of the NOSB, as evidence by what took place in San Antonio. http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/07/white-house-petition-president-obama-please-reverse-usda-coup-undermining-organics/

      Ever since I have had this blog, I have never heard anyone in the organic community say what a great supporter of organic that Obama is. Everyone is incredibly disappointed with him.

      One positive is that he hasn’t approved GE-salmon. Yet.

      Thanks for your feedback.

      Live well,
      Max

  • Greg Jarrett says:

    I will accept your premise that Hillary’s positions are not good for organic, but if you follow politics at all you should be aware that ANY of her likely Republican opponents will be orders of magnitude worse on this front than she would be, particularly in terms of rubber-stamping corporate efforts to undermine the law and opposition to any grass-roots initiatives.

    So, sure, work on Hillary. Try to make her better on this, but work to get her elected, because in the big picture she gets a lot of things right, and the alternatives are absolutely awful.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Greg,

      Yes, I am well aware that most, if not all, Republican candidates will very pro-GMO.

      All that being said, it is important for people to know where Hillary stands and that simply because she is a Democrat does mean that she is favorable to organic. That is a common misconception. Organic advocates are on both sides of the aisle, as Gastronomica pointed out in this article. https://livingmaxwell.com/organic-consumers-democrats-or-republicans

      Live well,
      Max

      • Amanda says:

        I suggest you look into senator Rand Paul. He fights for natural supplements, raw milk, and the hemp industry. Read his remarks regarding the Dark Act. He says it needs to be re-written because it will give the FDA more power which is not what we want.

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