Amid Controversy, Secrecy, and Lawsuits, 5,000 Organic Stakeholders Call for New Management at USDA National Organic ProgramTuesday, October 18th, 2016
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The Cornucopia Institute has delivered to the USDA more than 5,000 individually signed letters from farmers and consumers calling for new management of the National Organic Program (NOP). The Wisconsin-based organic food and farm policy research group collected the letters from concerned organic advocates across the country.
“This is one more indication of the growing dissatisfaction with Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy’s direction and oversight of the rapidly growing organic industry,” said Mark Kastel, who acts as Cornucopia’s Senior Farm Policy Analyst.
The Cornucopia Institute, along with many other public interest groups, has been highly critical of what they describe as a “corporate takeover” of the regulatory process that Congress designed specifically to protect organic rulemaking from the influence of agribusiness lobbyists. Read Full Article »