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None of our cows are allowed to consume any GE Cropps or GMO grains as it is prohibited in the Organic Program.
It was irresponsible of Ronnie Cummins and the OCA to make these false and unsubstantiated allegations during a time when organic farmers need our support, and unity is more important than ever. We hope others investigate the facts before perpetuating this misinformation.
The family farmers of Organic Valley and Organic Prairie have not and will never knowingly or willingly utilize genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in any of our products, processes or feed. We have held this position since our inception in 1988.
To comment on the OCA article (dated January, 2011), and to set the record straight, we are not nor have we ever 'sold out' to Monsanto. In the past, we were at the table at the USDA, because that was where the battle was being fought, along with others in the organic community, like the Center for Food Safety, Whole Foods, Stonyfield, UNFI, and the National Coop Grocers Association. (For background on the GE alfalfa issue please visit, We Support an Organic Future | Stronger Together
, and Background on the GE Alfalfa Issue | Stronger Together
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.
We hope you will take the time to read more about Organic Valley and our struggle to stop GMOs at, Organic Valley - Genetic Engineering - GMOs
, and Organic Valley - GM Alfalfa: What's Happening Now
and Organic Valley - David Meets GMO-liath: Get Your Sling Shots Ready
Please visit our Newsroom to read "We Stand United In Opposition To GE Alfalfa", Organic Valley - WE STAND UNITED IN OPPOSITION TO GE ALFALFA
. At the bottom of this article there are opportunities listed for consumer support and help. We hope you will stand by us as we continue this fight.
October 2011, Organic Valley farmers and staff joined marchers from across the country, walking 313 miles from NYC to the White House to demand labeling of all genetically modified foods, Right2Know March: Home
. We believe we have a right to know what is in our food. Please watch the video at this link, | Genetically Engineered Foods/Tell FDA to Label
, and sign on to petition the FDA.
We also supported the Prop 37/Right to Know campaign in California last year, with donations in access of $25,000.
If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Organic Valley / Organic Prairie
Consumer Relations Associate
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