OCA’s mission is fairly straightforward: Educate consumers, defend organic standards, advocate for better food and farming policies that protect consumer and environmental health.
Sometimes, like it or not, our only option for protecting you from corporations that employ deceptive labeling and advertising tactics to sell their products, is to take those corporations to court.
Once we file a lawsuit against a company, the company’s first move is to try to get the case dismissed. Fortunately, in most cases, after reviewing the facts, the courts rule in our favor and the lawsuit moves forward.
We’re always pleased when this happens. It often leads to a favorable settlement, where a company agrees to stop misleading consumers with false labeling and advertising claims.
That’s what happened recently with Post Shredded Wheat—no longer will the product be labeled “natural.”
Now, we wait to see what happens with Monsanto.
Last year, we sued Monsanto for misleading the public by labeling its popular weedkiller as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” We believe this statement is false, deceptive and misleading because the enzyme targeted by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup is, in fact, found in people and pets.
Monsanto immediately filed to dismiss—and lost.
Ultimately, we believe Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, should be banned. That’s why we participated in a “Ban Roundup” protest last week in Washington, D.C.
But until Congress stops serving the chemical industry and starts serving us, we’ll have to find other avenues to protect consumers. And one of those is to force Monsanto to at least be honest about how toxic Roundup is—by removing false claims from product labels.
We don’t love having to divert precious resources to battling it out with chemical and food companies in the halls of justice.
But you deserve the truth. It matters.
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