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Help Protect Organic Small Farms PDF Print E-mail
Please contact your senators to protect organic small farms in the food safety bill.

Please contact your Senators today, if you have yet to do so, and ask them to support the Tester amendment. To reach your US Senators, use the following web address to find their office and phone number or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

There's no doubt that industrial agriculture and its international supply chain need better oversight. But, family-scale local and organic farms are probably the safest in the nation -- they are part of the solution, not part of the problem -- and need to be protected!

The U.S. Senate will vote shortly on a sweeping overhaul of federal food safety law -- S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that potentially threaten small-scale local farmers and organic producers, including a blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards -- regardless of one's
farm size -- and a potential $500 fee for any farm engaged in onsite processing (i.e., maple syrup production, sun-dried tomatoes, salad mixes, etc.).

Now is your chance, as a supporter of sustainable family farming, to help fix these problems. Senator John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, is proposing an amendment to S. 510 that would exempt small-scale farmers and food processors from the most burdensome regulations. Visit the web address below to read why Senator Tester is offering his amendment. http://www.cornucopia.org/FoodSafety/Tester_FoodSafetyAmendment.pdf
 
New Bill Proposes Increased Regulation of Dietary Supplement Industry PDF Print E-mail
On February 4th, Senator John McCain introduced the Dietary Supplement Safety Act, which would amend the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 and would have significant consequences for both suppliers and retailers.  Under this new act, every dietary supplement has to go through an as-yet-undefined process of government review in order to remain on store shelves.  All dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products and others that were previously allowed, could be removed from the market pending their review.  Retail establishments would also have to to register with the Food and Drug Administration and would have to get evidence from their suppliers that each dietary supplement product meets all regulatory requirements. New or innovative dietary supplements or dietary ingredients would also be subjected to a much more rigorous approval process.  You can follow the progress of the bill online at www.govtrack.us.  The Natural Products Association has a form to contact your representatives about the bill.
 
Shopping for Non-GMO Products Just Got Easier PDF Print E-mail

53% of Americans say they would avoid Genetically Modified Organisms in their food if those ingredients were labeled, but labeling laws do not exist, and the only way to avoid GMO’s has been to buy certified organic products. But now you can download a special shopping guide that can help you choose products that are non-GMO (many of which are available at the Co-op, of course). The guide is available at www.nongmoshoppingguide.com. The site also features suggestions on how you can help end the genetic engineering of our food supply. When Europe achieved its tipping point of consumer rejection, within a single week nearly every major food company committed to stop using genetically modified ingredients.

 
Learn more about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) PDF Print E-mail

Here are some great sites!

www.truefoodnow.org

www.nongmoshoppingguide.com

www.percyschmeiser.com

 
Supreme Court Hearing First Case about Genetically Engineered Crops PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided for the first-time to hear a case about the risks of genetically engineered crops. Named Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475, the case before the high court will be yet another step in an ongoing battle waged by the Center for Food Safety to protect consumers and the environment from potentially harmful effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

The Center for Food Safety filed the lawsuit in 2006 on behalf of a coalition of farmers and organizations objecting to the Department of Agriculture’s illegal approval of genetically modified alfalfa seeds. GM alfalfa is a major concern to organic farmers and dairies. It’s a key source of dairy forage, and because it is open-pollinated by bees it can cross-pollinate with fields several miles away, making the potential for GMO contamination very high. Monsanto has appealed the Federal District Court decision that required USDA to undertake an Environmental Impact Study assessing how the crop might affect the environment and farmers.

“This is truly a ‘David versus Goliath’ struggle, between public interest non-profits and a corporation bent on nothing less than domination of our food system,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety. “That Monsanto has pushed this case all the way to the Supreme Court, even though USDA’s court-ordered analysis is now complete, and the U.S. government actively opposed further litigation in this matter, underscores the great lengths that Monsanto will go to further its mission of patent control of our food system and selling more pesticides.”

 
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