Essays by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
The following note is typical of the calls and e-mails Organic Consumers Association has been receiving this week:
"Do you know anything about HR 875, a 'food safety' bill that was written by Monsanto, Cargill and ADM? I've heard a few individual activists scream about this as the death of farmers markets, CSAs and local organic food, yet have seen no alerts from any of the reliable groups, including OCA. Any idea what's up with this?"
HR 875 is a food safety bill that, as it is Read more
On February 25 and 26, 2009, OCA's Political Director Alexis Baden-Mayer was in Lacrosse, WI, attending the U.S. National Organic Action Plan summit where a grassroots group of organic producers and consumers are discussing a coordinated plan to work proactively, rather than merely reacting to policy, programs and industry changes. Countries all over the world have developed and implemented national organic action plans with clear targets, benchmarks,
and protocols to improve public health, preserve the environment, protect biodiversity, dramatically reduce fossil fuel use, and Read more
As of February 6, 2009, the Senate had confirmed 11 of the 14 cabinet members requiring Senate review (new hearings were not required for Robert Gates who was confirmed as Bush's Defense Secretary in 2006 and will stay in Obama's cabinet). The Senate is still reviewing the nomination of Hilda Solis for Labor Secretary. On February 3, 2009, President Obama nominated Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary, but he has not yet appointed Read more