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to Stop Congress from Weakening Organic Now Underway
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the original co-sponsor of the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act, announced at the time that he would launch an effort to repeal the rider and restore the intent of the law. A repeal bill is expected to be introduced by Senator Leahy and Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) today and they are seeking co-sponsors in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Beyond Pesticides is asking people to contact their two Senators and one Representative to sign-on as a co-sponsor of the legislation being introduced by Senator Leahy and Rep. Farr. The bill will stop the weakening of the organic label by repealing Section 771 of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Members of Congress should be encouraged to sign-on and support the legislation even after the bill is introduced today, as part of the process of building support for passage.
Consumers and supporters of organic food are a powerful force behind a $10 billion organic industry. They showed their influence in Washington, DC, when in 2000 a record number of people stopped a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to allow in organic production genetically http://www.ota.com/SUAaction.htmengineered organisms, sewage sludge, and irradiation.
Two websites provide additional information that can assist you further with this effort, http://www.ota.com/SUAaction.htm and http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/issues/org_feed02-03.html.
To read the exact language of the rider, see http://www.ota.com/FeedLanguage.htm.