Criticizes the Organic Trade Association and Some of Its Powerful Members
Cornucopia’s Take: David Bronner, CEO at Dr. Bronner’s, has been an activist and a leading voice for the real labeling of GMO foods. He also happens to be a long time member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). He is harshly critical of how the OTA, and some of its most powerful members, secretly worked to “sell-out” the GMO food labeling movement and enable the recent passage of the toothless GMO food labeling bill signed into law by the President last week.
Although the OTA defended their position as being pragmatic, as the best compromise that they could broker, it gave, primarily Democrats, the political shelter to go ahead and switch their votes in support of the giant agribusiness lobby that favored the bill. Without a radical change in Washington, this will, for the foreseeable future, end any debate about legitimate/substitute GMO labeling.
This legislation was opposed, on the record, by The Cornucopia Institute and approximately 275 nonprofits involved in food and agriculture, along with a handful of ethical businesses like Dr. Bronner’s. Besides for the organic industry lobby, the OTA, Organic Valley and Stonyfield, only two nonprofits supported the legislation: Just Label It and The Environmental Working Group who both receive funding from the aforementioned businesses.
OTA’s betrayal of the movement to mandate labeling of GMOs in America is now complete, with Obama signing into law Friday the Stabenow Roberts legislation requiring only electronic disclosure via QR code or an 800 number of “bioengineered” content, that forever preempts Vermont and all other states from mandating disclosure of GMOs on packaging. Apparently Executive Director Laura Batcha and board chair Missy Hughes, with support from Organic Valley CEO George Siemon, decided to act unilaterally and endorse the Stabenow Roberts legislation, without OTA board review. Read Full Article »