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Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT! ACT NOW! June 2013

Call your senators now to tell them to
“Strike Out the amendment that will establish an organic check-off program”

Starting on Monday May 20th the full Senate will discuss the 2013 Farm Bill as recommended by the Senate Ag Committee
Title V11: Bennet 04-1 organic promotion amendment

If you have a relationship with your Senator, you can ask them to sponsor a floor amendment to take the Organic Promotion Check-Off Amendment out of the bill.

Call Your Senators’ offices and ask to speak to the Staff who deals with agriculture –

BE SURE TO LEAVE A MESSAGE IF YOU
DON’T GET A PERSON!!

  • Tell them Your name, Your Farm name, Location and What you Farm
  • Tell them that you and many organic farmers--as well as small businesses that make and market organically certified product and consumers--do not want an organic Promotion check-off program!
  • Tell them that The Organic Promotion Check-Off Program needs to be taken out of the bill until there has been a complete process to consider whether organic farmers want it.
  • Organic farmers do not want a federally mandated organic check-off program
  • They do not trust it and They do not see it as beneficial to organic agriculture or their sustainability
  • OTA does not represent YOUR interests

Congress expects that once the Farm Bill is passed with this amendment attached to it, an Organic check-off program will be established.

For more information on the organic check-off please go to: http://nodpa.com/checkoff_opposition.shtml

If you need information on how to contact your senators please go to: http://www.senate.gov/general/
contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

OR Call the Congressional Switchboard, and ask to be transferred to your Senator’s office (if you give them your state, they will tell you who your 2 senators are):  202-224-3121


 

February 2011
NODPA supports the National Organic Coalition's position on de-regulation

Prior to any de-regulation of new genetically-engineered crops, A GE contamination plan is essential to protect all non-GM crops. At a minimum, the following 7 points must be addressed transparently and fairly (for all stakeholders involved):

  1. Establish a USDA Public Breeds Institute to ensure that the public has access to high quality non-GMO breeds and germplasm.
  2. Create a Contamination Compensation Fund, funded by GMO patent holders, to provide immediate assistance to persons contaminated by GMOs, from seed to table.
  3. Complete elimination of deregulated GM crop status, including prior deregulations, with on-going oversight and public evaluation of compliance and enforcement.
  4. Conduct comprehensive, independent, longitudinal studies on the health, environmental, and socio-economic impacts of GMOs, prior to GM crop approvals.
  5. Prohibit the growing of promiscuous GM crops that are likely to cause GMO contamination.
  6. Prevent food security risks associated with the concentration of our food system in the hands of a few companies.
  7. Institute an immediate labeling protocol for all GM crops, products, and ingredients.
GMO ALFALFA News, Facts & Resources

For background on the GE Alfalfa issue, see NODPA's own article > (www.nodpa.com/in_ge_alfalfa_011711.shtml)

December 2008: Support Strong Rules for Organic Pasture

March 2008: Stop the Attack on Public Health and the Environment in the Farm Bill: Proposed Farm Bill language would restrict USDA’s ability to prohibit the use of pesticides in certain conservation programs. MORE >

February 2008: President’s Bush’s proposed budget threatens to axe nation’s leading pasture lab. Letters of support needed. MORE >

NODPA Action Alert For Pasture 6/12/06 (pdf)

NODPA Action Alert On Dairy Replacements

Farmer Comment Cover Letter For Replacements

Farmer Comment Wording For Replacement Issue 4/15/06 (pdf)

NODPA Public Statement On Organic Dairy Standards 10/20/05 (pdf)

Letter to NOP on Dairy Replacements 3/24/06 (pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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