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Update #1 ·

Organics Under Attack

ACTION ALERT: Save Organic Standards!

The OCA has a long history of defending the integrity of organic standards.

Last September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporate interests represented by the Organic Trade Association, made our job harder.

They also made it more important than ever for consumers to do their homework, even when buying USDA certified organic products.

Without any input from the public, the USDA changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in organic. The change all but guarantees that when the NOSB meets every six months, the list of non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic will get longer and longer.

The USDA’s new rule plays to the cabal of the self-appointed organic elite who want to degrade organic standards and undermine organic integrity. For consumers, farmers, co-ops and businesses committed to high organic standards, the USDA’s latest industry-friendly move is a clarion call to fight back against the corporate-led, government-sanctioned attack on organic standards.

Read more: Corporate Clout Chips Away at Organic Standards

You’d think an organization called the Organic Trade Association (OTA) would be keen on protecting organic standards.

But it was the OTA that played a key role in pressuring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to weaken the standards for organic. Again.

The USDA didn’t ask for our opinion before it made its rule change. But we plan to share it. In person. At the next NOSB meeting, April 29 - May 2, in San Antonio, Texas. We’ll deliver this petition to USDA National Organic Program Director Miles McEvoy asking him to reverse this disastrous new rule. Can you sign on? Thanks!

TAKE ACTION: Save organic standards! Tell the USDA to reverse a new rule that weakens organic standards.

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Under pressure from the Organic Trade Association, representing some of the largest players in the organic and natural food segment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has once again weakened the standards for organic. Tell the USDA National Organic Program: Save organic standards! Reverse the NOSB's new rule that weakens organic standards. Without any input from the public, the USDA…

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In order for a product to meet the criteria for USDA organic certification, neither the product nor any of its ingredients can be genetically engineered, or genetically modified. Certified organic products and ingredients also can't be irradiated. So why is it that organic regulators allow the process of mutagenesis in organic—even though mutagenesis is a form of genetic modification…

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