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  • New USDA Pasture Rule Will Give Consumers More Confidence in Organic Meat and Dairy | OEFFA News
    enable us to consistently and fairly enforce the requirements for access to pasture and provides greater clarity for farmers so they know exactly what is expected of them if they want to label their milk as organic Although most organic farms in Ohio have long exceeded these requirements the clarity provided in this new rule will ensure that organic mega dairies elsewhere in the country will bring their practices in line with not just the spirit of organics but what is now the letter of the law The organic farmers that we represent are celebrating this rule because it will help to protect the integrity of the organic label For the public this rule helps ensure that consumers get what they pay for In publishing this rule the USDA is recognizing overwhelming public support for access to pasture For consumers who care about the humane treatment of livestock the organic standards ensure that animals are raised in living conditions that allow them to exhibit their natural behaviors graze and move freely To access the USDA s Access to Pasture Rule go to http www ams usda gov AMSv1 0 getfile dDocName STELPRDC5082652 acct noprulemaking To read a USDA factsheet on the new rule go to http www ams usda gov AMSv1 0 getfile dDocName STELPRDC5082660 acct noprulemaking To read the USDA s press release go to http www usda gov wps portal contentidonly true contentid 2010 02 0059 xml The Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system OEFFA has operated a Certification Program since 1981 In 2002 when the USDA National Organic Program NOP was created OEFFA was among the

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=126 (2016-02-17)
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  • livestock | OEFFA News
    their feed comes from pasture during the season The publication of the final rule will enable us to consistently and fairly enforce the requirements for access to pasture and provides greater clarity for farmers so they know exactly what is expected of them if they want to label their milk as organic Although most organic farms in Ohio have long exceeded these requirements the clarity provided in this new rule will ensure that organic mega dairies elsewhere in the country will bring their practices in line with not just the spirit of organics but what is now the letter of the law The organic farmers that we represent are celebrating this rule because it will help to protect the integrity of the organic label For the public this rule helps ensure that consumers get what they pay for In publishing this rule the USDA is recognizing overwhelming public support for access to pasture For consumers who care about the humane treatment of livestock the organic standards ensure that animals are raised in living conditions that allow them to exhibit their natural behaviors graze and move freely To access the USDA s Access to Pasture Rule go to http www ams usda gov AMSv1 0 getfile dDocName STELPRDC5082652 acct noprulemaking To read a USDA factsheet on the new rule go to http www ams usda gov AMSv1 0 getfile dDocName STELPRDC5082660 acct noprulemaking To read the USDA s press release go to http www usda gov wps portal contentidonly true contentid 2010 02 0059 xml The Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system OEFFA has operated a Certification Program since 1981

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?tag=livestock (2016-02-17)
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  • pasture rule | OEFFA News
    their feed comes from pasture during the season The publication of the final rule will enable us to consistently and fairly enforce the requirements for access to pasture and provides greater clarity for farmers so they know exactly what is expected of them if they want to label their milk as organic Although most organic farms in Ohio have long exceeded these requirements the clarity provided in this new rule will ensure that organic mega dairies elsewhere in the country will bring their practices in line with not just the spirit of organics but what is now the letter of the law The organic farmers that we represent are celebrating this rule because it will help to protect the integrity of the organic label For the public this rule helps ensure that consumers get what they pay for In publishing this rule the USDA is recognizing overwhelming public support for access to pasture For consumers who care about the humane treatment of livestock the organic standards ensure that animals are raised in living conditions that allow them to exhibit their natural behaviors graze and move freely To access the USDA s Access to Pasture Rule go to http www ams usda gov AMSv1 0 getfile dDocName STELPRDC5082652 acct noprulemaking To read a USDA factsheet on the new rule go to http www ams usda gov AMSv1 0 getfile dDocName STELPRDC5082660 acct noprulemaking To read the USDA s press release go to http www usda gov wps portal contentidonly true contentid 2010 02 0059 xml The Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system OEFFA has operated a Certification Program since 1981

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  • Bill in Congress would help grow sustainable, local farms | OEFFA News
    new farming opportunities and invest in the local agriculture economy said MacKenzie Bailey policy program coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association in a written statement The act has 33 co sponsors all Democrats including Sen Jon Tester from Montana the Senate s sole working farmer More than 280 organizations have endorsed the bill including Local Matters Ohio Environmental Council Slow Food Columbus and OEFFA Local and regional agriculture is a major driver in the farm economy yet producers face significant infrastructure marketing and information barriers said Ferd Hoefner policy director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in a statement The bill addresses those barriers and makes smart investments that expand economic opportunities for farmers increase jobs and improve healthy food access in rural and urban America Hoefner said The act offers something for each of the seven titles in the farm bill including proposals addressing crop insurance farm credit nutrition rural development research and extension horticulture and livestock the sustainable agriculture coalition said It would create an insurance program for diversified and organic farmers who grow crops that are not covered by traditional crop insurance It also would enable schools to purchase local food and food stamp recipients to spend their money at farmers markets more easily Local Matters said In addition the act invests in sustainable agriculture programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program that were stranded without funding when the 2008 farm bill was extended the sustainable agriculture coalition said For an investment of just over 100 million a year the Local Farms Food and Jobs Act can help a growing sector of the food system flourish Hoefner said That figure compares with 40 million for local food systems in the 2008 farm bill he said Post navigation Sen Brown Introduces Bill to Spur

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1121 (2016-02-17)
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  • Modified crops get boost from budget deal | OEFFA News
    extremely disappointed that the continuing resolution passed including the dangerous biotech rider said MacKenzie Bailey policy coordinator for the group This unprecedented and egregious effort guts the necessary review process put in place for public safety and leaves consumers unprotected from potential health consequences by introducing untested crops into our food system Bailey said in an emailed statement It also leaves organic and GMO free farmers vulnerable to contamination from understudied and under regulated genetically engineered crops GMO stands for genetically modified organism The term applies to seeds that produce genetically different crops such as those that are immune to a common weed killer or certain diseases Biotechnology company Monsanto says the genetic modifications improve crop quality and yields GMO opponents say the crops have not been thoroughly tested to rule out health and environmental dangers Genetically modified crops also pose problems for organic farmers Pollen from modified crops can contaminate organic crops making them unsalable Last month the U S Supreme Court heard arguments by Monsanto which claims an Indiana farmer who used second generation soybean seeds infringed on the company s patent on first generation seeds Until now federal courts could halt the production of genetically modified crops until they were properly approved by the Department of Agriculture The recent legislative measure requires Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue temporary permits to farmers so they can continue to produce genetically modified crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally according to Food Water Watch a food policy watchdog Vilsack questions the enforceability of the measure Secretary Vilsack has asked the Office of General Council to review this provision as it appears to pre empt judicial review of a deregulatory action which may make the provision unenforceable a USDA spokesman said in an email on Thursday The measure surfaced last summer during congressional debate about a new farm bill It drew support from the American Farm Bureau Federation American Seed Trade Association American Soybean Association American Sugarbeet Growers Association National Corn Growers Association National Cotton Council and others However Sen Jon Tester a Democrat from Montana slammed what he called corporate giveaways including the biotechnology rider in the recent government funding bill Tester the Senate s only working farmer said the rider was slipped into the bill with no debate amid urgency to pass a law to keep the government working He introduced amendments to remove the measure and restore a rider that would have helped poultry farmers in their dealings with a handful of large meatpacking companies However the amendments weren t considered The activist outcry comes as the national debate about mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods is heating up A California proposition to require the identification of genetically engineered ingredients on food labels was defeated by voters last fall However labeling campaigns are gearing up in Ohio Pennsylvania New Jersey Connecticut and Washington according to Food Water Watch Early this month the natural and organic grocery company Whole Foods Market committed

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1089 (2016-02-17)
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  • Monsanto: A Corporate Profile | OEFFA News
    Food Water Watch and author of the book Foodopoly This power is largely responsible for something else we cannot find on our grocery store shelves labels on genetically engineered food Not only has Monsanto s and other agribusinesses efforts prevented the labeling of GE foods but they spend millions to block grassroots efforts like California s Prop 37 in order to keep consumers in the dark Monsanto A Corporate Profile provides a deep dive into Monsanto s history as a heavy industrial chemical manufacturer a reality at odds with the environmentally friendly feed the world image that the company spends millions trying to convey The report offers a timeline of milestones in the company s history including chemical disasters mergers and acquisitions and the first genetically engineered plant cell The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable agriculture applauds the new report This report exposes the tremendous influence companies like Monsanto have over our food system and the need for independent research on the impacts genetically engineered crops have on the environment farmland and consumer health said MacKenzie Bailey OEFFA s policy program coordinator Additionally policy makers need to respond to overwhelming public demand and require the labeling of genetically engineered foods which will give consumers the ability to know what s in their food The report concludes with recommended actions for the federal government to take to rein in Monsanto s anticompetitive practices and control over agricultural research and government policies It also suggests steps that regulators should take to better protect consumers and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of GE crops Monsanto A Corporate Profile can be downloaded here http documents foodandwaterwatch org doc MonsantoReport pdf Food Water Watch works to ensure the food water and fish we consume is

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1083 (2016-02-17)
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  • Risky consumption of genetically modified organisms continues | OEFFA News
    fields during the growing season without harming the crop Today more than 80 percent of the soybeans corn cotton sugar beets and canola grown in the U S contain Monsanto s patented genes she added Although most genetically engineered crops like corn and soy are used for feed for livestock some food that humans consume still contain GMOs said Smith Bailey said genetically engineered ingredients are commonly found in substitute meat and dairy products frozen meals canned foods baking products soft drinks infant formulas and baby foods At least 35 countries have laws in place that impose labeling or import restrictions on genetically engineered food including the European Union China Australia Russia and Japan which receives 20 percent of U S food exports Bailey said She added that within the first few years genetically modified crops were introduced almost the entire 300 million in annual U S corn exports to the European Union disappeared and the U S share of the world soy market decreased David Rosenthal assistant professor in the department of environmental and plant biology said that though he has not conducted research on GMOs effect on people he has not read any studies that indicate GMOs are dangerous for humans to consume Smith said Roundup itself is known to be linked to cancer Parkinson s disease tumors organ damage and reproductive disorders He added that pregnant women young children and sick individuals are more at risk of effects from consuming GMOs Though Smith said the Institute for Responsible Technology would support legislation requiring GMO labeling the organization would like to see a complete removal of all GMO foods until the research and studies have been done to prove they are safe After studies came out in 2009 that revealed the potential dangers of consuming GMOs researchers urged

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1060 (2016-02-17)
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  • Farmers in Ohio divided on ‘fracking’ | OEFFA News
    Bureau and the Ohio Farmers Union are concerned that fracking could contaminate farming soil and water neither has a current position on the growing natural gas drilling practice in the state We do not have a stance on hydraulic fracturing said Dale Arnold director of energy services at the Ohio Farm Bureau But Arnold has traveled the state for years to educate the farm bureau s 60 000 members about the right things to do and the questions to ask before leasing mineral rights to oil and gas companies Last year the farmers union called for a moratorium on fracking until a long expected report on the drilling practice by the U S Environmental Protection Agency was published The union has 5 000 members many small family owned farms The union backed off its call for a moratorium this year not because the EPA report has been issued it hasn t but because income from oil and gas leases is the only thing keeping some of its members on their family farms said Ron Sylvester external relations director We are realizing the inevitability that fracking is going to happen it s going to become a part of the rural fabric in many counties Sylvester said Do you want to sit on the outside throwing rocks or do you want to be inside the tent working with Gov Kasich the General Assembly and the industry to make things better Only the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association a grass roots coalition of farmers backyard gardeners consumers retailers educators researchers and others continues the call for a fracking moratorium until the EPA report is released said MacKenzie Bailey the association s policy program coordinator Fracking comes with real risks to public health our food shed and the water soil and air resources

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1036 (2016-02-17)
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