Tell Congress to Protect Organic Farmers and Honey Bees in the Farm Bill!
This week the House of Representatives will begin debate on its Farm Bill and there are a number of possible amendments we have our eye on this year pertaining to genetically engineered crops, the protection of pollinators, and supporting organic farming.
Stop GE Crop Contamination
Just recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that unapproved, genetically engineered (GE) wheat was found to have contaminated an Oregon farmer’s field. The GE wheat, known as Roundup Ready, was developed by the Monsanto Company to withstand direct application of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide.
The Oregon wheat incident was not the first time a GE field trial has had serious consequences for farmers, and unless Congress does something about it, it won’t be the last. This incident underscores why stronger regulation is long overdue.
Center for Food Safety is calling on Congress to use the Farm Bill as an opportunity to improve the oversight of GE field trials and protect farmers and the environment from future contamination incidents.
Over the past decade, honey bees and other pollinators have been suffering record-high population losses. Given that one in every three bites of food is reliant on bees and other species for pollination, the decline of pollinators demands swift action; our agricultural economy, food supply and environment depend on their well-being.
Center for Food Safety is a strong supporter of organic agriculture. Unfortunately, a number of vital organic programs that received full funding in the Senate Farm Bill are currently not funded in the House Farm Bill. We urge you to tell your Representatives that now is the time to advocate for sustainable, organic farming!
The challenges we face will not be resolved unless we invest in agriculture that protects and enhances our future – not destroy it.
Amendments to the House Farm Bill are being discussed now, so please take action today!