Comment by October 4: Ask the NOSB to Uphold Real Organic Integrity

[This alert is over.] Beyond Pesticides is a highly-respected ally in our fight to protect the integrity of the organic label. Since we are doing less direct scrutiny of materials, we are depending more upon their analysis. Why? In a process greatly accelerated during the Obama administration, the National Organic Standards Board has been successfully… Read more »

The Farm Bill is Headed to Conference, Where Members of Congress Will Work to Combine the House and Senate Versions of the Bills

[This alert is over. President Trump signed the Farm Bill on December 20, 2018.] With Two Very Different Bills Hitting the Editing Desk, Congress Needs Your Continuing Input Update August 7, 2018 The House and Senate conference committee members have been appointed, and are now in recess. This is a very good time to intensify… Read more »

Tell Your Senators to Back a Farm Bill That Supports a Strong National Organic Standards Board—The Current House Bill Endangers Organic Oversight!

[This alert is over. President Trump signed the Farm Bill on December 20, 2018.] Support a Strong, Sustainable Food System and an Independent NOSB Source: Andrew Stawarz Congress has been working to pass the 2018 Farm Bill, which governs an array of agricultural and food programs. The first draft bill failed to pass the House,… Read more »

Tell Your Representatives that the Draft 2018 Farm Bill Is No Good for Organic Farmers or Consumers

Facilitates Lobbyist Control Organic Regulations, Guts Conservation Programs, Expands Subsidies for Factory Farms, and Hurts Local Food and Beginning Farmers UPDATE: Farm Bill voted down in the U.S. House of Representatives The House failed to pass a farm bill as some Republicans sought a vote on a separate immigration plan. Thirty House Republicans voted against… Read more »

Tell Organic Regulators: Protect Native Ecosystems and End Fraudulent Organic Imports

[This action alert is over.] Comment to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) by April 4 Regulatory loopholes permit destruction of the environment in pursuit of profit, and lack of enforcement by the USDA allows fraudulent imports to pollute the organic marketplace. ORGANIC AGRICULTURE SHOULD PROTECT, NOT DESTROY, PRISTINE ECOSYSTEMS Source: St. Paul Girl, Flickr… Read more »

Tell the Trump Administration Not to Undermine the Democratic Governance of Organic Food and Farming

[This alert is over. The USDA withdrew the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule in March 2018.] USDA Should Enact the Proposed Rule Improving Enforcement of Organic Livestock and Poultry Living Conditions Don’t Let Factory Livestock Interests Undermine the Organic Label Screened-in Porch as “Outdoor Access” The USDA recently announced its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock… Read more »

Demand Real Organic Food from Real Organic Farmers

Sign the Proxy Asking Major Retailers to Offer Genuine Organic Choices  We need the stores we shop at to quit trying to sell us fake organic food from inhumane livestock factories, masquerading as organic, or hydroponic vegetables fertilized with conventional soybeans and grown in ground up coconut waste … or even ground up recycled plastic!… Read more »

Organic Regulations Should Protect Pristine Environments

This alert is over Close Regulatory Loopholes that Incentivize the Conversion of Wild Land to Organics Comment by October 11 to the National Organic Standards Board Though organic agriculture promotes and enhances biodiversity, organic regulations do not explicitly protect sensitive native ecosystems from being converted into organic production—in fact, they incentivize it! Irrigation on an… Read more »