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NO! USDA Legalizing “Organic” Livestock Factories

NO! USDA Legalizing “Organic” Livestock Factories

A henhouse currently certified under USDA “organic” standards Dear Organic Community Stakeholder: If you haven’t signed the proxy letter and mailed it back, please do! If you have signed the proxy letter, please forward this email to your contacts. They respect your...

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NOSB Recap: Day Three (Business as usual)

NOSB Recap: Day Three (Business as usual)

The meeting kicked off today with deliberations by the Handling Subcommittee. After rejecting one new petition for a synthetic material, apparently based on essentiality, they cruised through the balance of Sunset materials mostly on autopilot. One exception was ion...

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NOSB Recap: Day Two (Shame!)

NOSB Recap: Day Two (Shame!)

OrganicEye Board President, and pioneering Maine organic farmer, Jim Gerritsen making one of his numerous appearances testifying at a previous NOSB meeting. [Spoiler alert: read to the bottom of this report for the continuing organic regulatory theater.] After...

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NOSB Recap: Day One

NOSB Recap: Day One

After listening to public testimony for two days last week, the National Organic Standards Board commenced their fall meeting in Sacramento bright and early this morning (Tuesday, October 25). NOSB Director Dr. Jennifer Tucker presented the usual program update and...

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Op-Ed: The Healthful Mirage

Op-Ed: The Healthful Mirage

Milk Versus Milk Analogues Mark Kastel's latest editorial was published on the homepage of Food Tank, an interesting site that provides diverse perspectives across many food systems...

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Commentary: Major Fraud Rocks the Organic Industry

Commentary: Major Fraud Rocks the Organic Industry

Demanding Reform of the USDA Organic Program For many of us involved in lobbying Congress to pass the Organic Food Production Act in 1990, our motivation was to create a level playing field with strictly enforced regulations that would assure shoppers they were...

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Veteran Policy Experts Move Organic Industry Watchdog Agency

Veteran Policy Experts Move Organic Industry Watchdog Agency

USDA Failures Necessitate Reinventing the Federal Certification Program LA FARGE, Wis. — OrganicEye, a public interest group best known as one of the country’s preeminent organic industry watchdogs, has announced its move from the “sausage making capital of the...

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Toxic Sanitizer Residue in Your “Organic” Food?

Toxic Sanitizer Residue in Your “Organic” Food?

On Monday, November 23, Mark Kastel, OrganicEye Director, interviewed Terry Shistar, PhD, Beyond Pesticides board member and chief scientific advisor at OrganicEye, about the potential impacts of sanitizers used in facilities manufacturing organic foods. They...

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Broadcasting Live—from Nowhere!

Broadcasting Live—from Nowhere!

Please watch the OrganicEye staff recap the Fall 2020 NOSB meetings Tune in to hear veteran OrganicEye staff recap the daily proceedings of the Fall 2020 USDA National Organic Standards Board meeting. The NOSB debated and decided important issues, including whether...

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Reminder: Just One Minute of Your Time by December 2

Reminder: Just One Minute of Your Time by December 2

Comment Period Closes December 2 Tell the USDA – No Factory Farms / No Conventional Cattle Producing Organic Milk Tell the USDA to follow the will of Congress and close its own loophole. The National Organic Program should enforce both the spirit and letter...

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OrganicEye: Launched

OrganicEye: Launched

WASHINGTON, DC — Beyond Pesticides, a public interest organization founded to advocate for healthy air, water, land, and food by eliminating the use of toxic pesticides, and advance healthy practices, has announced the formation of an investigative arm, OrganicEye. The new watchdog agency will focus on defending the “time-honored philosophy and legal definition of organic farming and food production” from USDA’s systemic failure to protect the interests of organic farmers, ethical businesses, and consumers.

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Health Benefits of Organic Agriculture

Health Benefits of Organic Agriculture

The whole picture Organic food contributes to better health through reduced pesticide exposure for all and increased nutritional quality. In order to understand the importance of eating organic food from the perspective of toxic pesticide contamination, we need to...

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