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Act Today to Protect Your Food Independence!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Phony-Baloney Senate GMO Labeling Sell-out in the Works

Source: Martin Cathrae

This Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Senate is set to vote on a horrible compromise bill on GMO food labeling.  The bill is a gift to Monsanto and the biotech industry.  Please contact your Senators ASAP (find your senators here) and ask them to reject the Stabenow-Roberts compromise.  The compromise bill would:

  • Take away the rights of states to label GMO foods and seeds.
  • Allow the USDA two years to come up with a federal labeling system that will rely on bar codes and smartphones for finding information (nothing on the package label about GMO content), something that will deny up to 100 million Americans access to the information and even then potentially route you to company websites to play hide and seek and search for ingredient information.
  • Not cover most GMO foods, according to a critical FDA analysis.
  • Establish no enforcement mechanism, or penalties for violations, for non-compliance with the law.
  • Prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from labeling as GMOs any food product derived from animals eating GMO feed.

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New Animal Welfare Rules Could Harm Family-Scale Dairy Farmers

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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Broilers, Layer Standards Could Lock-in Favorable Treatment for Factory Farms
Comments due by July 13 [Extended from June 13]

One of the reasons consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic milk, meat, and eggs is because they think animals are cared for in a more humane manner. Rules have to be balanced between promoting important animal welfare ideals and protecting ethical farmers’ ability to produce superior food.

Delta Egg in Chase, Kansas,
100,000-hens per building, none outdoors.
Click here for a larger version.

The draft animal welfare standards that the USDA just released are a hodgepodge of regulations. Some are well-taken, others are so restrictive that it will make it impossible for dairy farmers, as an example, to manage their cattle in a humane and sanitary manner. Still other changes favor the corporate sector in industrial livestock production — officially legalizing factory farm egg and poultry practices.

Please send your comments to the USDA today, telling them you support The Cornucopia Institute’s comprehensive comments to protect the interest of family-scale farmers and consumers who want authentic organic food. Read Full Article »

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

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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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

CI DARKAct[This action alert is now closed]

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 http://truthinlabelingcoalition.org/2015/10/04/we-the-people/. Read Full Article »