Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pennsylvania House Bill 944

What farming methodologies do you think should be included in agricultural education in PA?

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) on June 19, 2017 that would “develop and disseminate agricultural education materials for school entities or private or nonpublic kindergartens, elementary or secondary schools in this Commonwealth.”

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education to be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Read More

Sign on to Support Organics: Letter to Secretary Perdue and Members of Congress

Please support the National Organic Coalition letter to Secretary Purdue regarding support for organics.

Click here to read the letter.

Dear Colleagues,

The letter sends a strong, positive message to Secretary Perdue and to Members of Congress to protect funding for crucial programs that benefit organic agriculture and the organic industry. Currently, 177 businesses, farms, non-profits, and universities have signed on in support of this effort. See below for the list of groups.

We are extending the deadline to sign on until July 1 to give more groups an opportunity to sign on.

Please let me know if there is a business or organization missing from this list that you think would want to sign on. Groups can sign on here. Read More

WE can’t let this PASS – Robert’s Bill to only have voluntary federal labeling standard

IT’S BACK! A Bill to preempt state GMO labeling!

GMO labeling activists were successful last year in avoiding the passage of the DARK Act through the Senate, but last week, Senate AG Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R- Kan) introduced a bill that would preempt Vermont and other states’ mandatory GMO labeling laws and replace them with a voluntary federal labeling standard.

If this bill passes through the Senate, we will be back at square one. Vermont’s bill will die and big food companies will continue to get away with keeping consumers in the DARK about the ingredients in their foods. Read More

Action Alert – email or write the FDA on how you want to define Natural

The GMA wants Natural defined to included genetically engineered material.  Here is the letter they wrote to the FDA in 2013.  But is genetically engineered ingredients, natural?  

We all know that the “natural” label really means nothing, and if DARK Act legislation does get passed, it would most likely allow genetically engineered ingredients to be listed as “natural”

The FDA is currently taking comments on the use of the word NATURAL on food labels.  Let the FDA know what you think. Read More

GMOs Endanger Our Health and the Farmland

Genetically modified organisms are not usually the first topic of discussion when people decide to rescue an animal from a shelter. But this became a very popular subject in our home after we adopted a kitten a couple of years ago who developed severe food allergies. While searching for a remedy to our cat’s ailments on the internet, I came across the term GMO for the first time. I had no idea that pet food was so laden with GMOs. As I researched further, I was astonished to learn that our food was also full of them. Read More

Decision Makers from PA on H.R. 4432 (The Dark Bill)

 Call to Action: Contact your U.S. Congressional Representative to oppose HR 1599, the DARK Act: Denying Americans’ Right to Know! 

HR 1599 (called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015) was introduced in April 2015. If passed, this act will preempt states’ labeling rights and will allow foods with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as “natural.”

Please join us in an effort to STOP this bill from being passed. Scroll down for tips.

If HR 1599 bill becomes law, it would forbid individual states from making laws that require genetically engineered food to be labeled. It would also make it possible for genetically engineered ingredients to be in food products labeled “natural.” Read More