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A Reminder: Take Action to Remove the Current USDA Organic Management
Tell USDA Secretary Vilsack that milk, eggs and meat from giant factory farms, and dubious imports from China and elsewhere, are not organic!
Recently you received a letter and an email communication from us asking you to help change the corrupt management of the USDA's National Organic Program. We spotlighted theproxy letter we are asking you to sign and return to us.
If you have already mailed it back to us, a big thank you for partnering with our farmer-members and other concerned citizens — then please consider forwarding this email with your friends and family and others who might care about the integrity of their food!
If you have yet to review the proxy that we sent you, please take a few moments to do so. Downloading, signing and mailing the letter will help us make the changes necessary to protect the bright promise organics offers to food, agriculture, and the health of our planet.
Please stand with us to help save organics by adding your voice to the many others who are calling for new management at the National Organic Program. Let's turn up the heat together.
Thanks for your assistance.
Mark Kastel and Will Fantle
PS: Share this campaign with others! Forward the action alert below to your circle of contacts. Let’s use people power to counter corporate power.
SIGN THE PROXY LETTER:
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Who owns the organic label? We do!
The Cornucopia Institute is asking you to help bring new management into place at the USDA’s National Organic Program that will be truly dedicated to carrying out the intent and spirit of the landmark Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). We need you to turn up the heat on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Early in his tenure, the USDA's new head of the National Organic Program (NOP), Miles McEvoy, announced that the NOP was entering the “age of enforcement.” Yet major fraud investigations have languished, and some large perpetrators have even received favorable treatment and anonymity during Mr. McEvoy’s tenure. Click here to see more.
In September 2013, Mr. McEvoy unilaterallyannounced sweeping changes in the operation of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This 15-member, multi-stakeholder body was established by Congress as a buffer between agribusiness lobbyists and organic stakeholders to ensure that Big Ag did not corrupt the organic label.
Mr. McEvoy has stripped much of the power from the NOSB. Along with the illegal stacking of the board with agribusiness executives instead of working farmers, this body has become a rubber stamp for corporate/industrial organics.
[For a point-by-point indictment of the corrupted management at the NOP, please either print outand read the proxy or skip to the end of this message.]
Stand with us to help save organics.
Deep fissures have developed in the organic community that are undermining the public/private partnership Congress envisioned upon passage of OFPA 25 years ago. This growing divide threatens the credibility and reputation of the organic label. Help us make the changes necessary to protect the bright promise organics offers to food, agriculture, and the health of our planet.
P.S.: This is not a fundraiser. Any donation is totally optional, and we will deliver your proxy regardless. However, if you can help us financially offset the work we do here at Cornucopia, specifically this campaign, we would be grateful. Our principal request is to please mail back your proxy.
P.P.S.: Why a proxy instead of an online petition that would be easier to click on and sign? There are so many petitions flying around out there that politicians tell us that they are virtually meaningless. At the same time, USDA officials have told us that when we bring in cardboard boxes filled with these proxy letters (as we have done twice before), they take notice! Their eyes roll back because of the work involved in processing them: they have to scan each letter into their system and type out each name to reply. Thousands of these proxies, literally, carry a lot of weight.
Thanks for joining many others in this special effort to save the meaning of organics!
We call on Secretary Vilsack to stop the following corrupt practices at the USDA
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The Cornucopia Institute
is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. Through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, The Cornucopia Institute provides needed information to family farmers, consumers, stakeholders involved in the good food movement, and the media.
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