Organic Policy and Regulations, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Biden-Harris Agenda Offers Organic Opportunities, But I’ve Got Georgia on My Mind

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You haven’t heard from me lately because, quite frankly, I’ve had post-election PTSD – also known as electile disfunction.

With that over, I decided to move forward and think about the future.

I attended the 2020 Post Election Outlook Webinar Hosted by the only Political Action Campaign for Organic – Organic PAC. I was eager to understand what opportunities the incoming Administration would offer, what synergies could help advance our organic agenda.

It turns out the Biden-Harris plan for Agriculture includes priorities that Organic Agriculture can enhance and help build a better plan for our food system.  

We are coming out of four years of policy coming strictly out of the White House – USDA agencies had little or no influence. That will change with the new Administration.  

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Hot August Nights

Hot summer nightsIt’s that time of year again when many of us are on vacation. If you’re not working and enjoying these hot August nights, you’re in good company. Congress is also on recess until September 9. Lawmakers left Washington DC with unfinished business and a farm and agriculture community truly sweating it out. Continue reading “Hot August Nights”

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Organic Farm Bill update July 16, 2013

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Last week, the House of Representatives finally passed a Farm Bill by a vote of 216-208. No Democrats supported the bill, and 12 Republicans voted against it. For the first time since 1949 it did not include the nutrition title or food stamps for hungry Americans.  This new version of the Farm Bill included provisions that repeal the 1938 and 1949 permanent law provisions and make the 2013 Title I a permanent law going forward. If this ultimately became law in conference, it would never need to be reauthorized. Congress could consider them again but would never face a deadline requiring their re-authorization.

The question on everyone’s mind, of course, is what happens next?  Continue reading “Organic Farm Bill update July 16, 2013”

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What Farm Bill?

Capitol HillYou eat, therefore you live. So shouldn’t you know what’s in the current version of the US Farm Bill? If you’re an engaged member of the organic food industry, you should be well acquainted with the Farm Bill and be willing to take action.

Here’s why: we need more federal funding. Continue reading “What Farm Bill?”

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Connecticut passes mandatory GMO Labeling Bill!

Breaking News in CTThe Connecticut bill HB 6527, the first ever State GMO labeling bill, was ratified by the House and Senate after much mediation and grass roots communication.  After several days of intense negotiation between the Senate, the House, and the Governor’s office, several compromises were reached.

An amendment exempting farmers growing less than 1.5 million dollars, which would have rendered the bill meaningless, was not included. However, the following language was inserted to ensure the law will only go into effect when: “Four states, not including this state, enact a mandatory labeling law for genetically-engineered foods that is consistent with the provisions of this subsection, provided one such state borders Connecticut; and (2) the aggregate population of such states located in the northeast region of the United States that have enacted a mandatory labeling law for genetically-engineered foods that is consistent with this subsection exceed twenty million based on 2010 census figures.” 

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