Update #4 ·

Worth Fighting For

OCA was launched 16 years ago for the specific purpose of safeguarding organic standards. We wanted strong, meaningful standards. So consumers would always be able to trust the USDA Organic seal. Unfortunately, some businesses still get away with violating organic standards. And the National Organic Program (NOP), which is supposed to protect the standards, sometimes caves in to industry pressure to weaken those standards.

Consumers buy USDA Organic products for many reasons. Good reasons. Buying organic is the best way to provide superior nutrition. The best way to reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones and GMOs. The best way to protect the environment by supporting farmers who use sustainable, non-polluting, climate-friendly practices.

In an age of rampant fraudulent marketing practices, where food companies boldly proclaim their GMO-tainted foods to be “natural,” it’s more important than ever for consumers to understand what USDA Organic means. And how—and why—we need to protect the integrity of organic standards.

Read more: Safeguard Organic Standards: 10 Reasons Consumers Buy Organic

TAKE ACTION: Save Organic Standards! Tell USDA Secretary Vilsack to Reverse Rule that Weakens Organics

How you can help

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 that…

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