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Fw: Farm Aid Action Alert - organic standards compromised by george factory poultry farmer

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  • Leland Lehrman
    ... From: Farm Aid To: Farm Aid Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 2:00 AM Subject: Farm Aid Action Alert FARM AID
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2003
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      From: "Farm Aid" <remove@...>
      To: "Farm Aid" <info@...>
      Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 2:00 AM
      Subject: Farm Aid Action Alert


      FARM AID ACTION ALERT: Organic Standards Under Attack!

      Last week, a Georgia-based factory poultry farm bent on undermining the new
      National Organic Standards persuaded the Speaker of the House, Dennis
      Hastert to insert language in the 2003 federal spending bill that would
      allow farmers to feed their poultry, beef, hogs ands lambs non-organic feed
      and still be allowed to carry the organic label - and consumers will have no
      way of knowing whether the meat they purchase was fed organic or non-organic
      feed.

      This provision is in direct contradiction to the new National Organic
      Standards implemented in October 2002, which require that for meat, poultry,
      eggs, or dairy products to be labeled as organic, the livestock must be fed
      100 percent organic feed.

      Organic Farming Research Foundation Director and long time Farm Aid ally Bob
      Scowcroft said this provision "puts at risk the term 'organic' across the
      board. If a single private company can amend the Organic Food Act in the
      dead of the night, who's to say that another company won't come along and do
      it again, and again."

      Senator Leahy (D-VT) is leading the effort to repeal this provision, and
      will introduce a bill within days in the US Senate. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) is
      introducing the same bill in the US House. For the repeal bills to be
      successful, they will need the support of their Republican and Democrat
      colleagues in the Senate and House. It is important that everyone concerned
      about the future of organic agriculture call their members of Congress and
      urge them to support Leahy's and Farr's efforts.

      What You Can Do: Take Action!
      Contact your representatives in Washington and demand that they repeal the
      language inserted into Section 771 of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill
      undermining the integrity of the organic label for meat, poultry, eggs and
      dairy. Encourage your legislators to co-sponsor the bills offered by Senator
      Leahy and Rep. Farr.

      The message is simple:
      Urge your Senators and Representatives to support efforts by Senator Patrick
      Leahy and Representative Sam Farr to repeal Section 771 of the Omnibus
      Appropriations Bill. Repealing this section is in the interest of consumers,
      organic farmers and the environment. Repealing this section will encourage
      continued growth of organic agricultural production in the United States,
      one of the bright prospects for U.S. farmers overall.

      To be connected to you representatives in Congress call the Capitol Hill
      switchboard: (202) 224-3121

      For more detailed information and talking points and direct contact
      information of members of congress see link to Whole Foods:
      http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/issues/org_feed02-03.html

      Act today to save organic agriculture!

      Thanks,

      Farm Aid Staff

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