Tell the Organic Trade Association: BASF and Cargill Do Not Belong
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
Recently, we wrote a report revealing that chemical company BASF was a member of the Organic Trade Association. It turns out, Cargill is, too!
How is this allowed to be?
That would be like a massive animal rights organization allowing trophy hunters and factory farm corporations to have a say in the direction of the organization. It just doesn’t make any sense in a non-Twilight Zoney way.
For those who don’t know, BASF is one of the largest producers of dicamba-based herbicide formulations, including Engenia – recently released for GMO soybean and cotton crops. And YES – this is the same concoction that helped destroy 3.6 million acres of crops (organic/conventional veggie gardens, private lawns and even trees) across the U.S.
Since the buck of responsibility is being passed back and forth, there has not been any restitution for these losses that we know of.
Organic Consumers Association has created a petition with some more info. An excerpt is printed below. I know, we’ve written about the effectiveness of sharing petitions before – but because Organic Trade Association is an organic group – we’d like to get their attention that hosting BASF and Cargill is not okay.
You wouldn’t be the only one saying it – organic company Nature’s Path stormed out of its OTA membership in an act of protest!
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) says it’s dedicated to promoting and protecting organics. But the organization, dubbed the Organic “Traitors” Association after it betrayed the consumer-led GMO labeling movement, is moving farther away from its organic roots—and closer to corporate control.
How do we know? The OTA recently admitted two new members: chemical giant BASF, a dicamba manufacturer and leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and Cargill, one of the largest factory farm meat corporations in the world, and a big supporter of GMO crops.
TAKE ACTION: Tell the Organic Trade Association: Cargill and BASF don’t belong!
The OTA states that its goal is to work in conjunction with organic businesses “to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media and policymakers.”
So, why is OTA partnering with BASF and Cargill?
OTA’s cozy new partnership with corporate entities like BASF and Cargill—two of the worst offenders of human and environmental health—is the latest in an ongoing (and deliberate) attack on the integrity of organics.
Will you share this news and let the Organic Trade Association know that BASF and Cargill are NOT WELCOME!
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