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GMOs: The One Thing You Can Do While Obama Considers Vetoing Non-Labeling Legislation

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

[Read the letters calling for a presidential veto below.]

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President Obama has yet to sign the toothless GMO food labeling bill passed by Congress.  If you already called the President, or signed one of the “unofficial” petitions, urging him to veto the bill you still have one more chance to influence him.  Please sign the official We the People petition to the White House today urging President Obama to veto this bill.

Since Friday, pressure has been mounting for a veto.  These include:

  • A letter from the National Organic Coalition (including Cornucopia) calling for a veto.
  • A letter from 286 groups and organizations (including Cornucopia) urging a veto.
  • A letter from Jesse Jackson and Rainbow/Push asking for a veto.
  • More than 200,000 names (maybe including yours) on the other organizations’ petitions calling for a veto.

Act today.  Make sure the President knows that you want him to veto the toothless GMO food labeling bill.  If we get this up to 100,000 signatories, the president has committed to respond. Let’s put him on the spot!

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We need about 30,000 more folks immediately! Please sign the White House petition before he signs the agribusiness/biotechnology-friendly legislation that does away with our ability to choose our food.

Call the White House: Urge President Obama to Veto the DARK Act

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Despite an outpouring of letters, calls and protests, both the Senate and House have caved to Monsanto and biotech interests, passing legislation that will deny Americans the right to know what is in in their food products. This toothless compromise will preempt states’ rights to create their own genetically engineered food labeling laws and instead lead to a deeply flawed labeling system, riddled with loopholes, that will not require on package labeling.

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  • Please call the White House at 202-456-1111 and urge President Obama to veto this bill. You can email and tweet the President, too.
  • Sign the “We the People” petition to President Obama urging him to veto the DARK Act now!

Thank you for taking action to protect American’s right to know about the ingredients in the food we eat! Read Full Article »

SIGN THE PROXY LETTER: Remove Current USDA Organic Management

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Illegal Power Grab Greasing the Skids for “Organic” Factory Farming and
Potentially Contaminated/Fraudulent Imports

Make no mistake about it: This is an indictment, alleging corruption at the USDA that is ruining the credibility of the organic label. If you agree after reading this message and supporting materials, we ask that you print out, sign, and mail us the linked proxy (you can also fax it to 866-861-2214). Please add your voice to the other farmers, and their urban allies, supporting organic integrity!

Who owns the organic label? We do!
Your voice is needed more than ever to save organics.

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The Cornucopia Institute is asking you to help bring new management into place at the USDA’s National Organic Program that will be truly dedicated to carrying out the intent and spirit of the landmark Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). We need you to turn up the heat on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Miles McEvoy, National Organic
Program Deputy Administrator
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Early in his tenure, the USDA’s new head of the National Organic Program (NOP), Miles McEvoy, announced that the NOP was entering the “age of enforcement.” Yet major fraud investigations have languished, and some large perpetrators have even received favorable treatment and anonymity during Mr. McEvoy’s tenure. Click here to see more.

In September 2013, Mr. McEvoy unilaterally announced sweeping changes in the operation of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This 15-member, multi-stakeholder body was established by Congress as a buffer between agribusiness lobbyists and organic stakeholders to ensure that Big Ag did not corrupt the organic label.

Mr. McEvoy has stripped much of the power from the NOSB. Along with the illegal stacking of the board with agribusiness executives instead of working farmers, this body has become a rubber stamp for corporate/industrial organics. Read Full Article »

Frack No!

Friday, September 4th, 2015

[The Sierra Club and The Cornucopia Institute have formally requested the USDA prohibit the use of wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations in organic food production. Read the letter here.]

Sign the Petition to Ban the Use of Frack and
Sewage Wastewater for Growing Organic Food

CI_FrackThisWastewaterPetitionThe USDA needs to tighten federal standards to prohibit the use for crop irrigation of fracking wastewater from oil and gas drilling, and from the nation’s municipal sewage treatment systems, in organic food production.

Research shows that the copious amounts of frack wastewater, a byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing technique in gas and oil production, are contaminated with toxic chemicals and oil.  And recent reporting has indicated its use in growing organic food in California.

Effluent from sewage plants, which co-mingles waste from domestic and industrial sources, can contain pathogens and drug residues in addition to heavy metals and toxic chemicals and should similarly be prohibited for use in the growing of organic food.

Please add your name to the petition to let the USDA know that fracking and sewage wastewaters should not be used to grow organic crops. Read Full Article »

Gut Wrenching! Tell FDA to Ban Carrageenan. Common Food Ingredient Linked to Intestinal Inflammation, Bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Cancer and More.

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

sick-3Rates of digestive diseases are rising—ranging from widespread digestive discomfort (“belly bloat,” “spastic colon,” Irritable Bowel Syndrome) to serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases such as ulcerative colitis and colon cancer.

For decades, scientists conducting laboratory animal experiments using the common food additive carrageenan have found higher rates of gastrointestinal inflammation, colitis-like disease, and even colon cancer.

Carrageenan is a convenient and unique food additive for the food industry, and selling carrageenan is a profitable enterprise for a handful of chemical corporations. For decades, these companies have spread misinformation—often, outright lies—about carrageenan’s safety.

Carrageenan can be found in many foods, even foods labeled “natural” and “organic.” It is widely used in dairy products (chocolate milk, whipping cream, ice cream, nonfat sour cream), frozen dinners, dairy alternatives (soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk), prepared poultry and cold cuts, nutritional drinks, and even infant formula.

sickAnd who has been more than willing to listen to the corporate scientists rather than to the scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health? That’s right: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In June 2012, the FDA rejected a citizen petition by the nation’s preeminent publicly funded scientist and carrageenan expert, who formally requested that carrageenan be removed from our food supply.

Sign the petition to remove carrageenan, and let the FDA know that it’s time to act in the interest of our health and safety. Carrageenan is a dangerous food additive, and should be removed from the list of allowed additives!

The FDA’s shameless catering to corporate interests has to end.

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