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URGENT- ORGANIC STANDARDS UNDER ATTACK BY CONGRESS!

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) needs your immediate help to stop Congress and the Bush administration from seriously degrading organic standards. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20, acting in haste and near-total secrecy, the U.S. Senate will vote on a "rider" to the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that will reduce control over organic standards from the National Standards Board and put this control in the hands of federal bureaucrats in the USDA.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) needs your immediate help to stop Congress and the Bush administration from seriously degrading organic standards. After 35 years of hard work, the U.S. organic community has built up a multi-billion dollar alternative to industrial agriculture, based upon strict organic standards and organic community control over modification to these standards.


Now, large corporations such as Kraft, Wal-Mart, & Dean Foods--aided and abetted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are moving to lower organic standards by allowing a Bush appointee to create a list of synthetic ingredients that would be allowed organic production. Even worse these proposed regulatory changes will reduce future public discussion and input and take away the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB) traditional lead jurisdiction in setting standards. What this means, in blunt terms. is that USDA bureaucrats and industry lobbyists, not consumers, will now have more control over what can go into organic foods and products. (Send a quick letter to your Congressperson online here:  http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm)


Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20, acting in haste and near-total secrecy, the U.S. Senate will vote on a "rider" to the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that will reduce control over organic standards from the National Standards Board and put this control in the hands of federal bureaucrats in the USDA (remember the USDA proposal in 1997-98 that said that genetic engineering, toxic sludge, and food irradiation would be OK on organic farms, or USDA suggestions in 2004 that heretofore banned pesticides, hormones, tainted feeds, and animal drugs would be OK?).


For the past week in Washington, OCA has been urging members of the Senate not to reopen and subvert the federal statute that governs U.S. Organic standards (the Organic Food Production Act—OFPA), but rather to let the organic community and the National Organic Standards resolve our differences over issues like synthetics and animal feed internally, and then proceed to a open public comment period. Unfortunately most Senators seem to be listening to industry lobbyists more closely than to us. We need to raise our voices. (Send a quick letter to your Congressperson online here:  http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm)


In the past, grassroots mobilization and mass pressure by organic consumers have been able to stop the USDA and Congress from degrading organic standards. This time Washington insiders tell us that the "fix is already in." So we must take decisive action now. We need you to call your U.S. Senators today. We need you to sign the following petition and send it to everyone you know. We also desperately need funds to head off this attack in the weeks and months to come. Thank you for your support. Together we will take back citizen control over organic standards and preserve organic integrity.

• For more information go to the SOS section on our website

• Click here to donate money to OCA's SOS—Save Organic Standards—Campaign

• Call the Capital Switchboard here: 877-762-8762

• Send a quick letter to your Congressperson online here:

 http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm


Thanks,


ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION
6771 South Silver Hill Drive
Finland, MN 55603
Phone: (218)-353-7454 Fax: (218) 353-7652

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good work- can you give a hand 19.Sep.2005 21:25

four corners

You seem like a very wise, organized young person. I think this article was a very good one- I went ahead and wrote to the congressperson in my area as requested-- I have a brief inquiry to make about who you are and the work you do. I have a small problem: I would like to contact organizations that work with the environment or with nature who would show signs of concern about the potential for nuclear crisis and nuclear detonation either in the US or in another country-- very few posters seem to be concerned about this subject or topic matter- Would you know individuals or organizations that would be interested in catching up with the latest news events having to do with possible nuclear detonation and contamination? Maybe those who work with Organic Foods would be willing and capable of taking on the responsibility of caring for Terre Mother Earth against bio-weapons attacks.
This is one way to awaken more people who work directly with Nature about the need to stop the menace of chemical contagions upon nature and upon ourselves. Ultimately this is a spiritual issue about protecting nature: our rivers, lakes, mountains, forests, etc. I do not know persons or organizations that show sincere interest in serious and mature information about what we can expect for the world unless there is a spectacular change of heart by people who currently cannot see. Comments and Suggestions?

It is not a "spiritual" issue 21.Sep.2005 00:11

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It is a simple _health_ issue.