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Standards Attack Repealed in 59 Days (May, 2003) - Organic Trade Association
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Standards Attack Repealed in 59 Days (May, 2003)

 

Update: VICTORY!
Section 771 Repealed



OTA Thanks Congress With Full Page Ad




On May 1, 2003, OTA published a "Thank You" advertisement in Roll Call, The Newspaper of Capitol Hill since 1955. Click the image to the left to view an Adobe Acrobat file of the ad. To learn more about Roll Call, click here

Facts about Congressional Support

List of House and Senate Co-Sponsors to repeal bills (by state)

List of States with at least one co-sponsor
Current list of co-sponsors


Thanks to Contributors

Recognizing that OTA's campaign to repeal Section 771 required significant unanticipated costs, Whole Foods Markets, Inc., Earthbound Farm, Wild Oats Markets, Inc., Sunnyside Farms, LLC, SunRich, Inc., and Richard Seigel have made contributions over and beyond their membership dues and the OTA 2003 Campaign.

Background and Views

As Congress faced the time pressure of completing the Omnibus Spending Bill, one company, without regard for the wishes of the public or other businesses, convinced their legislators to support a devastating exception to the new national organic rule. Section 771 of the 2003 federal spending bill is a one-sentence rider that would undo decades of work by allowing livestock producers to label their meat, poultry and dairy products as "organic" even if the animals are fed conventional feed rather than organic feed. The result is bad legislation that hurts consumers and farmers across the U.S. 

Meanwhile, many livestock producers are successfully meeting the National Organic Standards, which require organic feed in order for the resulting meat, poultry or dairy products to be labeled as organic (
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/NOP/standards.html).

OTA's Online Legislative Action Center

You can still visit OTA's Legislative Action Center by clicking HERE. You can use this service to follow the bills, look up information about your elected officials and research media outlets around the country. OTA will keep its membership informed about opportunities to take action in the future.

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