ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
U.S. sales of certified organic food and products reached in 2017, amounting to more than 5 percent of all grocery store sales, including approximately 10 percent of all produce sales. The global market for organics is worth $90 billion USD, according to the 2018 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture,” by the and According to the study, consumer demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 178 countries report organic farming activities.
A more recent organic brands from using their power and influence to weaken USDA organic standards.
OCA was originally founded out of the need to protect organic standards. The organization was formed in 1998, in Finland, Minnesota, in the wake of the by organic consumers against the USDA’s proposal to approve genetic engineering, irradiation and toxic sewage sludge for use in organics.Through OCA's Safeguard Organic Standards Campaign, and through collaboration with allied organizations, the organic community was able to mobilize hundreds of thousands of consumers to pressure the USDA to preserve strict organic standards.
History of the National Organic Program
Before 1990, states could develop their own standards for organic food production and processing. That system caused problems when organic products crossed state lines. It was also confusing for consumers. So in 1990, Congress passed the in order to establish a uniform national organic standards and certification program.
Under OFPA, enacted under the 1990 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) set up the and also created the , an advisory board responsible for advising the Secretary of Agriculture on organic standards.
In 1998, the USDA finally released a weak version of a proposed organic rule, one that would have allowed bioengineered crops, sewage sludge, and irradiation in organic. OCA, Beyond Pesticides and many other organizations rallied consumers to protest the rule and eventually prevailed.
Defending organic law
Consumers prevailed in 1998, but the battle to preserve organic standards was just getting started. In 2002, Arthur Harvey, a Maine organic blueberry farmer, for allowing products containing synthetic ingredients to be sold as organic. Harvey argued that under the original OFPA rule, products could be certified organic only if they were 95 percent organic and 100 percent natural—in other words, no synthetic ingredients were allowed. Yet the USDA organic standards, in violation of OFPA, allowed some non-organic substances and synthetic ingredients.
Initially, the courts ruled against Harvey. His lawsuit was also hugely unpopular with many organic producers who said they either couldn't find natural or organic substitutes for the synthetics they used, or couldn't afford them. In 2004, OCA joined other organizations in a l and ultimately, to a deal in which the Organic Trade Association negotiated an amendment to OFPA that allowed for synthetics. OCA, along with many other groups, signed an to the OTA decrying not only the amendment, but the undemocratic process used to achieve it.
Ultimately, OCA agreed to support the amendment to avoid a major rewrite of OFPA. in organic. OCA and other groups monitor the list on an ongoing basis and oppose substances that we believe should be removed from the list. For example, along with other organizations, we won the battle to in organic, and of organic apple production.
In April 2014, OCA's political director, Alexis Baden-Mayer was The Honest 十大玩彩信誉平台, founded by the Hollywood actress Jessica Alba, and The Hain Celestial Group for falsely labeling products “organic” that contain ingredients prohibited under OFPA.
Policing the organic frauds
Foods labeled "USDA Organic" have long been the gold standard for health and sustainability. But unfortunately, as the organic market expands, big corporations, especially those that organic brands, are constantly seeking to change the rules so they can label more of their products “organic.” This has led to erosion of both organic standards and consumer trust in the organic label for products such as and even OCA is committed to , the Savory Institute's and the , a joint project of the Rodale Institute, Patagonia and others.
Interview with Alexis Baden Mayer, Organic Consumers Association (Part 1)
Interview with Alexis Baden Mayer, Organic Consumers Association (Part 2)
NOSB meeting 2014, Alexis Baden-Mayer protesting "Don't change sunset!"
Why Organic? with Jim Riddle
The Natural Effect