NOFA-NY sends action alerts when an important issue is coming up for a vote either at the State or Federal level in an effort to encourage members and concerned citizens to contact their representatives. To receive action alerts, sign up for our E-News on the right side of this page. You can also see current alerts posted on social media like our Facebook or Twitter page. Our blog is also an excellent source for background on policy issues.
April 11, 2017
In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed an organic research and promotion checkoff program which could unfairly promote large organic processors’ needs over those of smaller, family farmers. The deadline to leave comments is quickly approaching - April 19th.
NOFA-NY states that the Checkoff is not farmer friendly, will benefit United States Organic sales, not production, and will negatively impact all organic certificate holders, whether or not they are assessed. Given its stated purposes, it is unlikely to benefit the growth, sustainability or profitability of organic farmers in the U.S., yet will require burdensome paperwork for all, and is an unfair tax.
NOFA-NY believes that the proposed Checkoff program could unfairly promote large, organic processors’ needs over those of independent, family farmers. These USDA programs focus on the marketplace; they are not about farmers or farming.
“Organic is about more than sales,” adds NOFA-NY Executive Director Andrianna Natsoulas. “Unless we preserve the viability and profitability of our farmers and increase U.S. organic farmers and farms, we will not see organic’s health and environmental benefits.”
PAST TAKE ACTIONS!
July 20, 2016 - GMO labeling & QR codes
July 20, 2016 ACTION ALERT!
On July 7, the Senate passed a bill to label genetically modified foods allowing companies to use QR codes instead of words on the package. It discriminates against low income families, minorities, mothers, seniors, the disabled & those without smartphones.
In 2007 President Obama said, “We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.”ALL Americans should know what they're buying, not just the privileged.Only 21% of Americans surveyed have scanned QR codes; QR code software must be downloaded. Just 27% of seniors & 50% of low income Americans own smartphones. 42% of Blacks & 36% of Latinos have had to let their smartphone service lapse. President Obama: Stand up for ALL Americans. Veto this discriminatory bill.
President Obama hasn't signed S.764, the DARK Act (the bill to Deny Americans our Right to Know about GMOs) yet: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/pending-legislation
So let's keep working on getting the official WhiteHouse.gov petition to 100,000 (the number that will trigger an official response):
When you post to social media, use #VetoDARKact. Thank you to everyone who's been pushing this out. We're getting close! Just a little more than 27,000 left to go!
Next week, Wednesday July 27, at 12 noon, there will be a rally for GMO labels at the Democratic National Convention in Philly: https://m.facebook.com/events/1516687518357512/
June 2016 - Tell Your Senators to Reject Bill S.2609
June 2016 ACTION ALERT!
CALL SENATORS GILLIBRAND AND SCHUMER TODAY!
Please urge them to reject the latest version of Senator Roberts' bill (S. 2609), or any bill that prohibits states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).
Senator Gillibrand: (202) 224-4451
Senator Schumer: (202) 224-6542
Tell Senators Gillibrand and Schumer: Please Stand Firm For NY! Both senators have showed great courage in supporting mandatory on-package GE Labeling and opposing efforts to nullify Vermont and other states' laws. Urge them to protect New York again and oppose the Stabenow-Roberts Bill.
The Stabenow-Roberts bill violates the important tenets of GMO labeling. NOFA-NY supports the Maine Organic Farming & Gardening Association Five Key Principles:
- No State Pre-emption. Must not pre-empt established state GMO labeling laws
- Voluntary is Not Acceptable. Must require mandatory GMO labeling
- No Hi-Tech Gimmicks. No QR codes, 1-800-numbers, etc.
- On-Package. Must require on-package GMO labeling.
- Consumer Transparency. Must display the words "Produced with Genetic Engineering."
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The Stabenow-Roberts bill (S. 2609) is a cave to special interests. If passed, it:
- would pre-empt Vermont's and other states' laws
- would establish a federal program based on QR codes, a symbol, 1-800 numbers, or a statement on packages referring people to websites
- would take 2 years to create the standards
- would not include penalties for non-compliance
- would narrow the definition of genetic engineering and exclude many products currently considered GMO
PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY!
Make Your Voice Heard for GMO Labeling before it's too late!
May 2016 - NY GE Labeling Bill - Turn up the Heat!
MAY 2016 ACTION ALERT!
NY GE Labeling Bill – It's time to Turn up the Heat! Write a Letter to the Editor, and send us a picture.
All NOFA members and supporters! Help us make the final push to pass the GMO labeling bill! The majority of NY Assemblymembers and Senators support A.617/S.485 which would label all genetically engineered foods in New York State. Fifty percent of the Assembly and nearly half of the Senate have co-sponsored the bill. Given this overwhelming support, we're asking you to please write a short Letter to the Editor of your local paper urging your Assemblymember and Senator to ask the leaders of the NY Legislature to put the bill up for a vote. This year’s session ends in less than a month!
Go HERE for some talking points to help you write a letter – Make sure you ask your Assembly member and Senator (by name) to urge the Legislative leaders to bring A.617/S.485 to a vote!
March 2016 - Tell your Senator to Support GE Labeling in NYS!
March 2016 Action Alert!
Please call your NYS Assembly representative and State Senator or arrange to visit them in their home office during the Easter break!
Ask them to sponsor A.617B/S.485B, the bill to Label GMO food in New York! If they have already signed on as sponsors (we are up to 73 Assembly reps and 23 Senators), thank them and ask them to push leadership to bring the bill to a floor vote.
The announcements from Campbell’s Soups and General Mills that they will label their products that contain GMOs, with no price rise, gives the lie to industry clamor that labeling GMOs will raise the price of food by $500 to $1000 a year!
Click here for a sample letter you can adapt to send to your representatives.