Organic Farmers Association Urges U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to Keep Genetic Engineering Out of Organic

September 17th 2019

edited reprint from a letter by Kate Mendenhall, Organic Farmers Association

Note: Provender Alliance signed on as an organization to endorse the OFA letter sent to the U.S. Secretary of Department of Agriculture (listed farther below).

On July 17th at the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research hearing, Under Secretary Greg Ibach said that he was interested in considering new technologies like gene-editing in organics.  

The Organic Farmers Association is disturbed by this comment.   While genetic engineering is prohibited from the organic standards and would require a lengthy process of rule-making to change, we feel that the organic community is united in its opposition to any GE in organic and exploring this issue would be a MAJOR DISTRACTION for the USDA and NOSB when we have crucial other issues that need attention.  

OFA invites you to join us in sharing our commitment to keeping genetic engineering OUT of organics in all forms and assuring the USDA that we do not want to open discussion on this topic.

Thank you for your support and interest in unifying around core organic issues.  IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Kate Mendenhall
Director, Organic Famers Association