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ILLEGAL IMPORTS: Organic Industry Dustup

ILLEGAL IMPORTS: Organic Industry Dustup

Corporate Lobby Circles the Wagons UPDATE: Below please find important follow-up information and documents regarding the recently filed lawsuit (Pratum Farm vs. USDA) alleging illegal, uninspected “organic” imports undercutting US farmers and exposing consumers to...

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October 2023 NOSB Meeting Comments

October 2023 NOSB Meeting Comments

Unreviewed synthetic chemicals in organic farming? Commercial interests deciding what gets tested for pesticide residues? Organic vegetables grown in soil laced with microplastics? Those are just a few of the issues up for debate when the National Organic Standards...

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USDA Challenged on Illegal GMO Use in Organics

USDA Challenged on Illegal GMO Use in Organics

Industry Watchdog Calls for Public Meetings on the Use of Genetically Engineered Vaccines The Story: A Quick Overview One of the most prominent differentials between conventional and organic food is the latter’s strict prohibition on genetically modified farm inputs...

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Corporate Foxes Guarding the Organic Chicken Coop

Corporate Foxes Guarding the Organic Chicken Coop

Mandated Safety Review of Materials/Ingredients Used in Organics Being Conducted by USDA Corporate Appointees and Agribusiness-Funded “Nonprofit” The Story: A Quick Overview Misinformation on social media concerning Apeel™, a coating used on organic fruits and...

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Ronnie Cummins 1947-2023

Ronnie Cummins 1947-2023

Founder of the Organic Consumers Association Ronnie has been a friend, colleague, and ally for over 30 years. I met him in the early 1990s when we collaborated along with others in fighting Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (BGH). He represented...

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Have You Ever Spent “A Day in the Country”?

Have You Ever Spent “A Day in the Country”?

A catchy little ditty by Kevin Mattson… LA FARGE, Wis. — I’m really lucky to live in a unique agrarian community. It’s thought there are more organic farmers in this county than any other county in the country. The area has attracted an eclectic assortment of folks,...

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COMMENTARY: The Organic Stockholm Syndrome

COMMENTARY: The Organic Stockholm Syndrome

The Unqualified Applause for Updated Organic Regulations Stock-holm syn-drome noun: feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage taking by a victim towards a captor. The big news in the organic industry in mid-January was the publication...

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USDA Accused of Endangering Organic Consumers

USDA Accused of Endangering Organic Consumers

The Applegate Farms brand, now owned by agribusiness giant Hormel, asserts there are "no nitrates or nitrites added*" on their conventional and organic labels although their ingredient lists contain "cultured celery juice powder." If you follow the minute asterisk...

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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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