by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
A few days ago, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) called in San Antonio police to arrest some vocal activists who wanted to be heard at a National Organic Standards Board Meeting (NOSB). The NOSB was discussing the integrity of organic foods which are currently jeopardized by the USDA and Obama’s political appointee’s that are working to undo over 20 years of congressionally-mandated standards for keeping organic food safe.
The NOSB meeting was expected to be contentious, and attended by a diverse crowd of organic food supporters, including organic farmers, consumer activists, and food watch groups that are trying to keep the USDA accountable to the American people instead of special interest groups like Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association. One of the activists in attendance was Alexis Baden Mayer of the Organic Consumers Association. She was arrested after leading a determined protest against the latest Big Ag antics: the imminent watering down of organic standards by the USDA.
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