Don’t Let the USDA Destroy Organics!
Right now one of the biggest assaults on the integrity of organic foods is taking place at the USDA that has ever been conceived, with high-level political appointees working behind the scenes with giant industrial corporations that sell organic product lines to gut 20 years of precedent in the congressionally-mandated National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
Even worse, USDA representative Miles McEvoy has illegally taken over the meeting by appointing himself as meeting “co-chair” in an effort to erode the authority of, and control the decisions made by allegedly independent, NOSB members as spelled out in the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990.
At stake here is the neutering of an independent NOSB decision making process and the deliberate destruction of organic integrity by allowing synthetic ingredients to be permanently allowed in organic foods due to pressure from giant corporate organic interests.
This is an outrageous power grab to destroy organics must be stopped! We need your help today. Every voice counts!
The Organic label is more than just a label to many Americans. It is a way for those wanting to avoid pesticides, synthetics and GMOs in their food to do so by eating organic. Therefore, it is important that the integrity of organic standards be maintained and protected.
I am deeply concerned by the changes that are taking place within the National Organic Program by diminshing the independence of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) from the USDA. The USDA must continue to recognize the importance of the NOSB and allow them to do their jobs as guaranteed by the Organic Food Production Act.
Additionally, the changes that are proposed to the process for exempting otherwise prohibited substances (such as synthetics) to the organic program threaten to harm the trust in and integrity of the National Organic Program.
The rule enacted in 2005 determined that ingredient exceptions were made for a five-year period, in order to allow time for the development of natural and organic alternatives. These exceptions were required by law to “sunset”, unless retained by a two-thirds majority vote of the NOSB, allowing for public input and review.
The new proposal permitting exceptions to remain on the list unless voted by two-thirds to be removed is a deviation from the original intent of the law and must be rejected.
If these changes to the Organic standards are allowed to stand, trust in the Organic Program will be at risk. Thank you for your consideration,
Read more here:Take a Stand for Organic Integrity!