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Organic is in Serious Danger – Here’s What You Need to Know

Organic is in Serious Danger - Here's What You Need to Know

I don’t want to be an alarmist and make things out to be worse than they are, but we are truly on the precipice of organic disappearing as we know it. Why? The very dangerous H.R. 1599 (also known as the DARK Act – the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act) just passed a House […]

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I don’t want to be an alarmist and make things out to be worse than they are, but we are truly on the precipice of organic disappearing as we know it.

Why?

The very dangerous H.R. 1599 (also known as the DARK Act – the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act) just passed a House subcommittee and is expected to go to the House floor for a vote any day now. Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, has said quite confidently that it will pass in the House and the only question is whether it passes in the Senate.

If the House does indeed pass the bill, someone in the Senate would have to sponsor a similar bill, and this bill would have to pass in the Senate before going in front of President Obama for his signature.

Among other things, H.R. 1599 would (1) make it illegal for states to label GMOs (2) make it nearly impossible for the FDA to create a national GMO-labeling standard and (3) food products could be labeled as “natural”, even if they contained GMOs, which are not natural.

However, there is an additional component of the bill that is not being communicated strongly enough to the organic community.

H.R. 1599 would make it illegal for states and counties to restrict the planting of GMOs in any way.

To me, this is the scariest part of the bill.

Right now, restrictions on the planting of GMOs are in place in parts of California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii. If these places were no longer able to restrict or control the planting of GMOs, organic farms in these states could get contaminated. (GMOs spread via bees and drift, thereby contaminating nearby organic farms.)

If organic farms get contaminated, these farms could potentially lose their organic certification and no longer sell their products as organic. Not only would they be forced to shut their doors, but a very important source of organic food is gone for good.

As it stands now, there are already major supply issues with organic, and I hear about shortages all of the time from friends of mine who sell organic products for a living. I can’t tell you how often they tell me that finding an adequate supply of various organic ingredients is becoming increasingly difficult and ridiculously expensive.

So, if there is a law which would make it illegal for counties and states to restrict the planting of GMOs – all necessary to protect organic – the future of our organic food supply is at real risk.

What is happening now in Oregon is a perfect example of this.

In Jackson County and Josephine County, both in Oregon, organic farmers and consumers voted to ban the planting of GMOs. This was done primarily because genetically-modified canola would have contaminated (cross-pollinated with) similar brassicas – broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and turnips – and naturalized as a permanent, GMO-weed.

Had citizens of these two counties not voted for this ban, which was recently upheld by the courts, millions of acres of precious organic and non-GMO farmland in Willamette Valley would have been in danger of being completely decimated.

If H.R. 1599 passes, the restriction of GMOs being planted in these two counties in Oregon will be lifted, and it is just a matter of time before this land is lost forever to GMOs. This pure, unadulterated, organic land will never come back.

Not only that but the lives of hard-working organic farmers will be ruined, the supply of organic food will shrink, and prices will skyrocket.

This is not something that we can afford to let happen.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Under no circumstances can we let the DARK Act pass.

So, please contact your elected representatives in Washington D.C. and demand that they reject the (absurdly named) Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act – H.R. 1599.

You can do so by:

1) Calling them directly.

Click HERE to find your Senators.

Click HERE to find your Representatives.

2) Sign the Center for Food Safety e-petition by clicking HERE.

Sign the Just Label It e-petition by clicking HERE.

Sign the Food Democracy Now! e-petition by clicking HERE.

Sign the Environmental Working Group e-petition by clicking HERE.

Work with the Organic Consumers Association to petition politicians in states across the country by clicking HERE.

Thank you so much for taking action. The future of our food supply depends upon it.

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17 Comments

  • I don’t stay in US, but cater it with Organic products.
    I keep watch on Organic industry as it’s world’s largest and one of the most innovative Organic market.
    I would like to comment here as “I AM ORGANIC PASSIONATE”

    Even smallest Organic initiative across the globe should not suffer due to our differences of opinion. We’re few in numbers and need to be united. Thus who is suffering- American or global Organic industry- would be of less important and overall Organics is suffering is of relevance.
    I strongly resist this act and would pass on this information to my network in US (and elsewhere) asking them to take action against the bill.

    Organically…..

    Amol

  • Dears,
    If you will consume any imported, whatever food, even organic, it will be as “good” for you as local GMO’s because all your import is irradiated!!!!

    Fight PEOPLE

    F.I.G.H.T.!!!

    Greetings from Poland.

  • Annie says:

    I was raised on a family farm in the midwest, I remember seeing my dad using chemicals on his crops and often wondered, even at a young age, why? Then my grandfather lost several cows while trying to calf and could not pass the calf out the birth canal because the calf was too big. He blamed that feed that he had bought. Now one of my brothers is a organic farmer and the other one is a conventional farmer. The conventional one spends more to grow his crops but the organic one spends less, therefore having more of a profit at harvest time. I, for one am sick of eating stuff that cannot pronounce. So, I am either raising it myself or buying organic. Stand firm and eat what is good for us and this includes what our animals eat too.

  • Julie Johannessen says:

    Monsanto needs to go down!
    I’m against them all the way!
    People need to boycott GMO foods.
    These foods are causing illnesses among people.
    I have breast cancer, might have to have surgery.
    The drinking water needs to be free of Fluoride.
    STOP SPRAYING OUR FOOD MONSANTO!!!

  • Harrison says:

    Thanks for the heads-up and the call to action, Max. Seems Monsanto wants to continue contaminating our land, but with utter impunity, and our politicians want to continue to collect their payola. Disgusting.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Harrison,

      I agree about the politicians. It is all about getting re-elected, rather than doing what is right for the citizens of this country.

      Live well,
      Max

  • A says:

    It would be important to define what GMO means to you or anyone else. Yellow Bananas are genetically modified. There are numerous foods we eat that were inedible 100s of years ago before farmers started cross breading and genetically modifying them.

    The word GMO is abused so much that it’s a dubious statement to talk about GMO foods. At some level everything first world countries eat is modified. Sugar is modified. The process of baking foods modified it. This is why GMO is getting a free pass. The word is meaningless when used to describe ‘toxic foods.’

    If you are against certain strains of corn them that’s fine. If you’re against the practises of Monsanto that is also understandable. But youve greatly missed the word GMO. Next time you eat that ‘organic’ yellow banana remember that they didn’t exist a thousand years ago. Bananas were plantains and inedible unless cooked for a long time. Yellow Bananas didn’t exist.

  • Max Goldberg says:

    Hi Donald,

    Thanks for your comment and feedback. You have been around a long time and seen a lot of greed and deception for many, many years now.

    Live well,
    Max

  • NORTH AMERICAN ” ORGANIC” CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN A JOKE SINCE THE EARLY 70’S ANYWAY,
    IN EUROPE IT IS NOT ACCEPTED IN THE “BIO” CERTIFICATION STANDARDS AS IT WOULD NOT PASS THE MOST BASIC CHEMICAL RESIDUES TESTS.

    THE WAY THE ARTICLE SOUNDS IS AS IF THE PROBLEM AFFECTS THE WHOLE WORLD AND AS USUAL NORTH AMERICANS BELIEVE THEY RULE AND OWN EVERYTHING,NO SIR, ORGANIC IS PROBABBLY IN DANGER ONLY IN THE US, HOPEFULLY MR. OBAMA WOULD NEVER APROVE SUCH IDIOCY…

    YOUR SOLUTION WILL BE TO BUY TRUE BIOLOGICAL FOODS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD SO YOU WILL NOT STARVE….

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Ivan,

      My blog is primarily read by people in the U.S. and I am based in the U.S., so, yes, I am referring to organic in the U.S.

      If organic suffers here, however, it will also be felt in the rest of the world since we export so many of our organic products. Additionally, while I am not against purchasing organic from abroad, why would we not want to produce organic here? Is it practical to import spinach and kale in from Europe for our entire population? Absolutely not.

      Live well,
      Max

  • Donald E. Lewis says:

    Max, I expect you know there are 35 lobbyists in Washington DC. They are there to influence the Agriculture Committees most have never been near the soil. Most Agriculture Programs coming out of DC have plants from Monsanto. I was told herbicide was safe in 1950 after I used it once in 1949 and realize it was toxic to the soil. I said how do you know and they did not. It is a hormone and busts the leafs on the weeds. All different hormone strengths and formulas. It is 24-D and is now found in human blood and in mothers breast milk. My logic is that some of the autism can be caused by this when children are born. Now GMO’S that are claimed safe. This is another big money maker for the big chemical companies. Not one worry about health problems they cause to humanity. The money trail is the most important. GREED. The same herbicide 24-D was used in Vietnam colored orange. Many soldiers have died of cancer. Many of their children are not saved because of freaks. It is now showing up in their grandchildren. A DNA change by man and not by the Master.

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