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Tic toc, your comment matters

You only have until April 19 to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service on the proposed organic research and promotion program. The Organic Trade Association staff is ready to work with you to write a detailed comment on any of the many components of the Organic Check-off proposal. There is a fast and […]

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Progressive policies baked in to proposal

The Organic Check-off proposal includes meaningful reforms from older check-offs. Here are some of the details about the program that you might be particularly interested in knowing: Check-off Board would consist of 50 percent producers, 50 percent handlers. Organic producers will select regional representatives through balloting. Every certificate holder subject to an assessment will have […]

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AC21 to meet to complete “coexistence” report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) will meet September 8-9 in Washington, D.C., to “complete all substantive work” on a report to USDA related to the promotion of coexistence efforts among farmers at the local level, according to a Federal Register notice published August 18.The meeting […]

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AC-21 to continue work on co-existence

USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) will hold its next meeting on June 13-14 in D.C. Charged with examining the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system, AC21 consists of representatives of biotechnology, organic food, farming communities, seed industry, food manufacturers, state government, consumer and community development […]

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Pests plague Bt cotton crop in India

An article in the May 6 edition of The Hindu Business Line reports that India grows 95 percent of its cotton from genetically engineered (GE) seed, which has proven defenseless against pests and weather changes. Experts blame the resulting losses on the decision to grown a longer maturing variety, which gives insects a longer window […]

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Just Label It releases video on GMO QR codes

In a video released this past week by the Just Label It (JLI) campaign, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Hirshberg, chair of JLI and Stonyfield Farm, illustrate the difficulty grocery shoppers—particularly moms—will encounter when trying to access information on whether a food product contains GMOs by scanning the QR code on the label. The video […]

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Dannon pledges to declare GMOs on packaging

Announcing a pledge to further improve sustainable agricultural practices for its milk supply, leading yogurt maker Dannon said that to ensure full transparency for consumers, it commits to declare the presence of GMO ingredients on product labels nationwide by December 2017. In the meantime, Dannon pledged that if one state implements a GMO labeling requirement, […]

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GAO: USDA needs to boost oversight of GE crops

The U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a report entitled “Genetically Engineered Crops: USDA Needs to Enhance Oversight and Better Understand Impacts of Unintended Mixing with Other Crops.” In the report dated March 2016, GAO concludes that USDA currently is missing key information essential for making informed policy decisions on ways to better promote […]

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GE bentgrass causes concern in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has come out against USDA’s proposed deregulation of a genetically engineered (GE) grass variety that escaped field trials more than a decade ago, according to a Capital Press article. In 2015, USDA reached an agreement with Scotts Miracle-Gro to left federal regulations on its glyphosate-resistant GE creeping bentgrass as […]

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GE salmon approval prompts lawsuit

A coalition of environmental, consumer and commercial and recreational fishing groups has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco challenging the U.S. Food and Drug and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of genetically engineered salmon for human consumption without considering or fully disclosing the environmental and other risks of the decision.  Called AquAdvantage […]

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