Say No to setting up an Organic Check-Off
Say Yes to permanently exempting all organically certified operations from paying into federal mandatory check-off programs
The Organic Trade Association is singlehandedly moving the proposed Organic Check-off Program through Congress. They have deep pockets and access to resources that have already got bi-partisan support for their proposed program in a deeply divided Congress. Over the past eighteen months, the OTA has hired very proficient and highly paid lobbyists to push their legislative language through Congress. They are using sophisticated and expensive media campaigns that include mass mailings to organic farmers across the country to promote their program. In the process, the views of thousands of organic farmers are being ignored or distorted by OTA so as to confuse Congress and present themselves as the sole voice representing all organic farmers.
We, the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA), the Northeast Organic Farming Assoc. of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY), the Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing Inc. (OFARM), the Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (MODPA), the Food and Water Watch and Francis Thicke (dairy farmer and National Organic Standards Board member), do not have deep pockets or access to vast resources in order to present an alternative view to OTA; therefore, Congress only hears one voice and one perspective. However, we have developed ways for everyone to have their views heard.
As individuals, you can sign this petition that says that you DO NOT support the establishment of an Organic Check-off program but you DO support a permanent exemption which would exempt all organically certified operations from paying into federal mandatory check-off programs.
As an organization, you can sign on to a letter that states your organization is opposed to the creation of an Organic Check-off Program but supports exempting all organically certified operations from paying into any of the existing check-off programs. To sign on to the letter please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with NO to an Organic Check-Off in the subject line.
The sign-on letter is below and at:
This letter will be presented to all venues engaged in organic check-off program discussions and legislation, including all members of Congress, all Farm Bill House and Senate conference committee members, all Congresional committees that OTA might engage to include legislative language promoting an organic check-off, and to the USDA.