GMOs in USDA Organic Food
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After some thorough investigation into the public proclamations and actual regulatory statutes pertaining to the USDA National Organic Program, I, Brendan Bombaci, have discovered some loopholes - either mistakenly or intentionally made - that can allow for GMOs to be in certified organic foods (as would hold up in a court of law, based on their verbiage). Please take the time to watch this video and get all of the information out of it that you can. Then, if you would like the document that this video was based on, find it under the article title "GMOs in USDA Organic Food" at www_kairologic_com. Sign the petition to the USDA to create transparency of these issues, by joining the Facebook page "GMOs in USDA Organics - Fight Back," and following the link in the "about" section or occasionally posted on the 'wall'.The petition is also available here. ***Furthermore, in addendum to the video:USDA 2013 Guidance: Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production. NOP5029. National Organic Program. United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. Created 4 March. Accessed 12 April 2013. From section : Background, "The USDA organic regulations at 7 CFR require that organic producers use organic seeds, annual seedlings, and planting stock. The regulations allow producers to utilize non-organic seeds and planting stock when equivalent organic varieties are not commercially available" [USDA 2013:1]. Under section , "The following considerations could be acceptable to justify use of non- organic seeds and planting stock as not commercially available. These considerations must be described by the operation in their organic system plan (OSP), pursuant to (a)(2), and approved by the certifying agent. [...b.] Quality Considerations: Examples may include, but are not limited to, germination rate of the seed; presence of weed seeds in the seed mix; shelf life and stability of the seeds; and disease and pest resistance. [...c] Quantity Considerations: Producers may provide evidence that quantities are not available in sufficiently large or small amounts given the scale of the operation" [USDA 2013:2]. Of benefit for consumers is that, under section : Recordkeeping for Organic Producers, " The following records should be maintained by organic producers: (a.) A list of all seed and planting stock, indicating any non-organic seeds or stock used, and the justification for their use including lack of equivalent variety, form, quality or quantity considerations" [USDA 2013:3].***and:USDA 2011 Instruction: Processing Requests for Temporary Variances. NOP2606. National Organic Program. United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. Created 22 July. Accessed 12 April 2013. From section : Policy, "Variances [such as weather damage and those "business interruptions"] will not be granted to allow for: (...2) The use of materials prohibited under " [USDA 2011:1, emphasis added]. Materials, mind you, do not include the excluded methods provision, as has different categories for what is allowed and prohibited, including that for substances, that for methods, and that for ingredients. Helpfully, under section : Records, "NOP staff will maintain records of temporary variances granted on the NOP shared drive with a copy in the accredited certifying agents file under the relevant calendar year" [USDA 2011:2]. ***Use the Freedom of Information Act contact, as shown in the video, to get any of this information as you see fit.