From: Organic Consumers Association
When you go to the above link you will be able to let your representatives, the President, the Secretary of Agriculture and the US Agricultural Marketing services know that organic means organic, not what the big agri business wants us to accept as organic. Protect your babies, your families, yourself and the planet by responding.
For our babies health,
Below is the article:
Get GMOs Out of Organic Baby Food!
Tell the National Organic Standards Board to Reject Martek’s Petition for Life’sDHA and Life’sARA!
In 2009, a front page Washington Post article, “Integrity of Federal ‘Organic’ Label Questioned.”
explained how Martek Biosciences’ synthetic DHA and ARA ended up in organic infant formula. In 2006, National Organic Program staff told Martek that its synthetic DHA and ARA couldn’t be used in organic because they were synthetic and not on the National List. But, Martek’s lawyer, J. Friedman, was able to get their decision reversed by NOP director Barbara Robinson, with just a call and an email. He told the Washington Post, “I called Robinson up, I wrote an e-mail. It was a simple matter.”
This might be how the 1% get things done in Washington, but it sure isn’t legal!The National Organic Program attempted to remedy this situation by requiring Martek to formally ask permission to use its DHA and AHA in organic. The petition came before National Organic Standards board, and surprisingly, the NOSB voted to continue to allow Life’sDHA and Life’sARA in organic.The NOP and NOSB ignored evidence that Martek’s products should never have even been considered for use in organic in the first place. According to patents uncovered by the Cornucopia Institute
, all of Martek’s DHA and ARA products are produced through genetic engineering, processed with volatile synthetic solvents and microencapsulated, three things that are expressly banned from USDA Organic.The Cornucopia Institute also found documents submitted by Martek to the FDA, in which the company claimed their DHA was just like Monsanto’s. A Martek representative clarified that its DHA was not developed by Monsanto, but that Monsanto did briefly own the technology before it reverted back to Martek.
Tragically, Martek’s Life’sDHA and Life’sARA, remain in hundreds of products
, many of them certified USDA Organic.
Please ask the National Organic Standards Board to reverse its decision to approve Martek’s petition and urge the USDA National Organic Program to rescind the illegal 2006 approval and remove genetically engineered, volatile-synthetic-solvent-processed and microencapsulated Life’sDHA and Life’sARA from organic products.