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At ‘Crucial Moment’ For GMO Labeling, Organic Industry Finds Itself Divided

HUFF POST ARTICLE DETAILS THE MONSANTO-STABENOW-ROBERTS SELL-OUT BY THE CORPORATE-ORGANIC-ELITE.

If you are confused – or uninformed – about the shocking behavior of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), who in siding with Monsanto has thrown the authentic organic community under the bus, please do read this dispatch by Carey Gillam.
This much is certain: the sell-out choreographed by Monsanto, OTA and untrustworthy organic mega-corporations is a LOOMING DISASTER for ALL organic consumers and ALL organic farmers. If passed, this disastrous toothless legislation would forever ban honest GMO Labeling and our Right-to-Know.
Please CALL YOU SENATORS THURSDAY! Thanks. Jim

“The deal has not only divided consumer and environmental groups from leading organic players but it has also blown wide open deep divisions running through the U.S. organic industry itself, spurring calls for some organic players to leave OTA membership. Those involved characterize the organic industry as divided between the “organic elite,” which includes companies owned by conventional corporate food giants, and the independently owned ‘authentic organic’ businesses and groups. Large food conglomerates have increasingly been buying up organic companies in recent years, giving many large players a foot in both pro- and anti-GMO labeling camps.

“It was the ‘organic elite,’ and leadership at the OTA, that agreed to the new labeling deal, not the ‘authentic’ side, industry players said this week. They were troubled that OTA has hired a lobbying firm – Podesta Group- that also works for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), which represents the interests of Monsanto and other agrichemical industry players.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/at-crucial-moment-for-gmo_b_10724758.html