I wish I could give you a more definitive answer but the reality is this – we just don’t know yet.
I got an email this afternoon from Will Telligman, the Legislative & Advocacy Manager at the Organic Trade Association. He provided the following two bits of information that I wanted to pass on.
1) We don’t know the impact that the elections will have just yet. This is what he said:
In the coming weeks, OTA will be conferring with outside consultants and other organic/sustainable agriculture groups to analyze what impact the new Congress will have on the organic industry. We will continue to work with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and will educate the plethora of new staff that will be coming to Washington on the many benefits that organic provides to human health, environmental health, and rural economies. The 2011 Policy Conference Hill visits will be a very important tool to educate new Members and their staff, especially those who are not from traditional agriculture areas.
It sounds like lots of lobbying and educating will be going on in the coming months. Hopefully, the newly elected politicians already understand how critical organics are to the health of our country.
2) Will Telligman also believes that the Food Safety Bill will not be finished in the lame duck session and it will be introduced when the new Congress convenes next year.