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Breaking: organic standards under attack

Deadline Midnight, Wed Oct 26th: Right now the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is accepting public comments on important issues that will impact the integrity (or lack thereof) of organic standards for years to come. The critical role of the NOSB is to protect the interests of the organic community from attacks by corporate lobbyists sent by Industrial Agriculture and Corrupt Corporate Organic who want to water down organic integrity.

Unfortunately a small number of corporate organic companies are pushing to include soil-less hydroponics, even those imported from Canada, Mexico and Denmark, to be allowed in U.S. organic standards, even though its clearly prohibited and the vast majority of organic family farmers oppose this rule.  As organic consumers, we all understand that Healthy Food comes from Healthy Plants grown in Healthy Soil. Soil is and must forever be the foundation of organic farming.

Even worse, an Organic Trade Board member and UNFI lobbyist is now openly pushing to allow new genetic engineering techniques such as gene editing and CRISPR to be included in organic, even when they haven't been proven safe. This is an outrage, not only are they undermining the soil foundation of organic, but now they want to include new genetic engineering techniques to be allowed in organic.

Take a stand to protect organic standards! Organic farmers need your help today. Every voice counts!

President Obama, Secretary Vilsack and the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will receive a copy of your letter. Please join us today!

Dear President Obama, Secretary Vilsack and National Organic Standards Board (NOSB),

We urge the NOSB to vote at their Fall 2016 meeting that hydroponics, bioponics, and aquaponics can not be certified as organic.

Furthermore, we urge the NOSB make a clear recommendation to the USDA-NOP no later than its Spring 2017 meeting that organic production must be limited to what is grown in the ground.

Additionally, we demand that the USDA-NOP move immediately to remove hydroponic production from organic certification and implement a moratorium on all new hydroponic-based certification until the new rules can be executed. Certified organic production must be in-the-soil-in-the-ground.

Finally, we stand united with organic family farmers and consumers everywhere, against allowing any form of genetic engineering, including any manipulation of plants at the sub-cellular level, into organic standards.  Genetic engineering must continue to be an “excluded method.”

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