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Essays by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director

October 21, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

According to the Rodale Institute, organic farms that use compost can sequester carbon at a rate of up to 3,200 kg/ha/yr. But compost isn't just for farms, you can compost at home! So, if you haven't already, take your food, lawn, garden waste -...Read more

September 28, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

At ExpoEast this week, OCA joined the Teamsters and Jobs with Justice to protest Whole Foods Market and its leading supplier United Natural Foods, Inc. We startled and delighted the crowd at the 2009 Organic Spirit Awards by launching a balloon...Read more

September 16, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

Correspondence between USDA Dep. Sec. Merrigan and organic activists on the USDA's failure to crack down on feedlot production in organic dairy and fraud in organic personal care.Read more

September 2, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

From the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, OCA has been tracking the opportunities for Monsanto, a well-known war profiteer (Agent Orange, Vietnam), to take advantage of the current occupations. These include pushing glyphosate (Monsanto...Read more

July 30, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

The US House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act, H.R. 2749, today. This was the second attempt to pass the bill. Representative Dingell's willingness to address the concerns of organic and small producers (raised by...Read more

July 22, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

The Obama Administration is putting two notorious biotech bullies in charge of food safety! Former Monsanto lobbyist Michael Taylor has been appointed as a senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on food safety. And, rBGH...Read more

July 10, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

On July 9, 2009, when the US House of Representatives passed the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, two Members of Congress, Kucinich and Holt, took important organic issues to the floor, the funding for the USDA ERS Organic Production and Marketing...Read more

July 8, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

There are 5 positions available on the National Organic Standards Board, a voluntary citizens' advisory council charged with making policy recommendations to the USDA's National Organic Program. Who should Secretary Vilsack appoint to be the...Read more

May 2, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

I€™m Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association. On behalf of our quarter of a million active members, I would like thank you Chairman Moyer and each member of the National Organic Standards Board for bringing a number of important issues to the attention of Director Robinson and the USDA National Organic Program staff at this meeting. Of particular interest to organic consumers are seven things:
1.    Food Packaging (disagree): We join Jim Riddle and others in urging you to reject the use of carbon dioxide, and other inert atmospheric gases or Read more

March 30, 2009
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Essay

The US House Agriculture Committee has submitted a Climate Change Questionnaire to groups, including the Organic Consumers Association, that are interested in the agriculture and forestry sectors' emissions of greenhouse gases and the potential of these sectors to mitigate the climate crisis. I'll be posting the Organic Consumer's Association responses to the Committee's 30 questions here and I encourage you to give us your feedback and take the readers' poll in our forum: Read more

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