I ran across this important alert and thought it might interest you. The signatures need to be in by November 16, 2005, so please consider taking action right away. Hope you are doing well. Here is the alert summary:
Under pressure from big agribusiness, the USDA is deliberately refusing to take action against factory farms who are unethically selling their products as "organic." This blatant labeling fraud is compounded by a loophole in federal organic regulations that is allowing unscrupulous organic dairy farms to import young calves from non-organic conventional farms (where the animals have been weaned on cow blood, injected or medicated with antibiotics, and fed genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton seeds, laced with slaughterhouse waste and tainted animal fats).
These confinement and feeding practices are inhumane, unhealthy, environmentally unsustainable, and unfair to genuine organic farmers, who follow strict organic principles on pasture access and animal feed, and do not import animals into their herds from conventional farms. Thousand of consumers and farmers are calling on the USDA to take action on this issue at its National Organic Standards Board meeting on November 16, 2005. Please sign the petition that will be presented at that meeting to end factory farmed organics.
Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/usda.htm
=. From the Organic Consumers Association
Take action now at http://www.democracyinaction.org/oca/campaignjsp?campaign_KEY=1409.