Organic industry splinters as USDA ‘bioengineered’ labeling initiative progresses

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Richmond-based Nature’s Path Foods, a leading organic breakfast company in North America, has recently announced its resignation from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), citing concerns that “the association is moving towards a non-organic agenda and away from its commitment to supporting the organic food movement.”

According to Nature’s Path, a couple of recent actions taken by the OTA have driven this decision, including supporting a “vague and misleading” national genetically modified organism (GMO) labelling law in the U.S., and allowing hydroponics to fall under the organic certification label, which the company believes has no organic agriculture or soil present.

The company believes that the new GMO labelling law in the U.S. could exclude almost three-fourths of products with genetically engineered ingredients and use confusing new GMO terminology and symbols for on-pack disclosures.

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“Our departure from the OTA is an act of protest to raise awareness about our concerns that the important role organic plays to support the health of consumers and our planet is being compromised,” said Arran Stephens, Nature’s Path founder and co-CEO, in a press release.

“We believe giant food corporations, who also happen to own small organic brands, use the OTA to influence policy decisions to protect the best interests of their large, non-organic food portfolios.”

Read full, original article: Nature’s Path resigns from Organic Trade Association in protest of U.S. GMO law

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