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Organic Bytes: Fat Cats and Genetically Engineered Baby Food

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Get Genetically Engineered Nutraceuticals Out of "Organic" Baby Food
For 13 years OCA and the organic community have fought tenaciously to keep genetically engineered ingredients out of foods labeled as "organic." Now we've got a new battle on our hands.

Illegally approved, non-organic, genetically engineered substances are lurking in some certified USDA Organic foods, including infant formulas, baby foods, children's vitamins, and dairy products.

These Frankenfood invaders are Martek corporation's "Life'sDHA" and "Life'sARA," artificial nutraceuticals that mimic essential fatty acids found in eggs and fish.

Martek Biosciences claims that its DHA and ARA are non-GMO, but evidence uncovered by the Cornucopia Institute and the Organic Consumers Association shows that their products are created using methods of genetic engineering, including mutagenesis and microencapsulation, that are expressly banned from the USDA National Organic Program.

Life'sDHA and Life's ARA are the first GMO nutraceuticals to get into organic. If we don't stop them now, they won't be the last.

We need your help to press the USDA National Organic Program to investigate and inform Martek that the illegal approval of their products is rescinded and that their GMO "Life'sDHA" and "Life'sARA" are not allowed in organic products.

Get GMOs out of "organic" baby food! (

Some Brighter News...
In the wake of 10,000 letters from OCA members to the National Organic Standards Board, we were able to prevent the weakening of organic standards for wine bearing the "USDA Organic" label by upholding the prohibition on synthetic sulfite preservatives being added to organic wine.

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News From Washington D.C.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich from Ohio has introduced a bill in Congress that would give us the right to know whether or not there are genetically engineered ingredients in our food. Please ask your Congressional Representative to cosponsor the Kucinich bill.

Tell your Representative to respect consumers' right to know about GMOs! (

As Vandana Shiva said at the World Food Day Right2Know Rally on October 16 at the White House,

"The denial of food labeling is linked directly to a food dictatorship by Monsanto Corporation. I feel terrible that the White House with President Obama is doing exactly the same thing as Bush Senior and Bush Junior. We are here to hold Obama to his promise to label GMOs."

Watch the video and tell Obama to keep his campaign promise! (

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