Completed Action Alerts Archive

Take Action to Oppose the Senate’s Killing of Organic Animal Welfare Regulations

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

This alert is over.

Outcome: The Senate Appropriations Committee decided on report language instead of a rider. The report language is an advisory statement, whereas the rider would have been a mandate.
Here is the report language:

Organic Livestock Proposed Rule. – The Committee is aware that USDA released a proposed rule on April 7, 2016, titled “National Organic Program:  Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices.”  The Committee directs the Secretary to ensure that all comments are taken into consideration, including those from producers adversely impacted by the proposal’s new compliance requirements, when finalizing the proposed rule.

Don’t Let Congress Undermine the Integrity of the Organic Rulemaking Process

When the organic industry’s most aggressive watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, and the corporate lobby group, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), both agree on an issue we hope members of the organic community will take note.

Source: Sam Carpenter

This Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled a vote to block the USDA’s proposed animal welfare rule on organic livestock and poultry practices.  Cornucopia, the OTA and many other organizations in the organic community oppose this vote.

Although Cornucopia does not support the proposed animal welfare rule as written, and is recommending substantive changes, it is entirely inappropriate for congressional leadership in both parties, influenced by agribusiness lobbyists, to hijack organic rulemaking. This sets a terrible precedent. Read Full Article »

Stop the USDA Political Bureaucrats and Corporate Lobbyists from Hijacking the Independence of the National Organic Standards Board

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

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[See Cornucopia’s comprehensive analysis, including a side-by-side comparison of the new draft and existing PPM]

Act by 11:59 PM (Eastern) this Thursday, April 14

Fall 2015 NOSB Meeting

Tell NOSB members to table changes to their policy and procedures manual (PPM)

The National Organic Standard Board’s (NOSB) Policy and Procedures Manual (PPM) was originally developed by the board itself, with public input. However, in August 2015 USDA bureaucrats and political appointees drafted a radical new copy, watering down the authority of the independent board, created by Congress, and making it easier for synthetic chemicals to be used in organic farming and food production. Read Full Article »

ACTION ALERT: Act Now to Stop Monsanto’s Congressional DARK Act

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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The U.S. Senate will be holding a hearing on Monsanto’s and Big Food’s dream bill to crush the right of states to require labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients. Dubbed by opponents the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, H.R. 1599 is being pushed as several states have passed legislation to enlighten consumers with labeling requirements.

Millions are being spent by Biotech and Big Food lobbyists to keep you uninformed.  The DARK Act would nullify over 135 existing state and local regulations that restrict the use of GMO crops or pesticides.

Take action to block this insidious move. A hearing will be held in the Senate on Wednesday, October 21. Call 888-894-1033 (toll free) to leave a message for your Senators and tell them you want them to oppose the DARK Act and to protect your right to know what is in your food.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, or are motivated for a road trip, the Truth in Labeling Coalition is also organizing two days of actions this coming Friday and Saturday. A focus on Friday will be Capitol Hill visits with U.S. Senators, with a big demonstration planned for Saturday. For more specifics, go to Read Full Article »

Call Your Representative Today: Act Now on GMO Labeling to Stop the “DARK” Act

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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From the National Organic Coalition

Source: Devensters

The innocuously named HR 1599: the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has been dubbed the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act) by members of the good food movement. The DARK Act will be voted on in Congress next week.

The DARK Act will:

  • Prevent states from adopting their own GMO labeling laws and reverse laws that have already passed.
  • Prevent state or county laws regulating GMO crops.
  • Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GMO ingredients and instead continue a “voluntary” labeling policy. In 14 years, not one company has voluntary labeled products containing GMO ingredients.

Take action now to stop the DARK Act!

Read Full Article »

Close the Loophole Allowing Conventional Cows on Organic Farms

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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[UPDATED] Comment by July 27

Origin of Livestock – Proposed Rule

One of Aurora’s “organic” dairies, each managing many thousands of cows (producing private label milk for Walmart, Costco, Target and others)

In April 2010, the USDA National Organic Program’s new director, Miles McEvoy, promised that releasing a tightened set of rules on the organic origin of livestock would be a “top priority.” Now, over five years later, a draft rule has finally been released — and it’s likely to be at least two more years until this goes into effect. That’s seven years since Mr. McEvoy declared its prominence, which was also the rhetoric from the USDA in the last years of the Bush administration.

The USDA’s stated intent is to tighten the rules that govern how conventionally raised livestock can be brought into organic production systems, but major loopholes remain. These loopholes could allow significant abuses to continue to the detriment of organic family farmers, who follow the spirit and letter of the law, and their loyal organic customers seeking authentic organic food. Read Full Article »