Organic Valley, a face palm, and assorted other mind meanderings.
A few weeks ago, I emailed Organic Valley about an article I’d read. Their total response is here: [url]http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread82249-4.html#post1154742[/url] Also, my very first bitch/post in this journal was one of being purely pissed off at the squirrelly-ness of our food producers.
Some of the highlights of the OV response were:
[quote] None of our cows are allowed to consume any GE Cropps or GMO grains as it is prohibited in the Organic Program.
On January 27, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced their decision to fully deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa for commercial sale. This decision impacts our food security, the diversity of our agricultural system and consumer choice. The issue is especially critical for the growing organic dairy sector, through which many farmers rely on organic alfalfa for feed. We are deeply disappointed with the USDA's decision.
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative strongly opposes GMOs. GMOs are a continued trend in industrial agriculture, pushing the small family farmer off the farm with cheaper food and more expensive on-farm costs. The safety of GMOs is highly questionable. Worse, there is no labeling of products that use GMOs, so consumers cannot make choices in the market place.
The USDA's decision can only renew our commitment to fight GMOs. This will be a life long struggle for many of us, and one that we can never give up on. We will continue to explore all available legal and regulatory actions we can take to protect organic farmers and consumers, and develop ways to maintain the integrity of our products given this new decision. [/quote]
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