Policy Resources and Organizations

New Resources (10/2011)

Just Label It! Campaign   Information about GMOs and a recently filed petition to require the FDA to label GE foods.  Includes consumer action link.  

A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs -- False Promises, Failed Technologies  2011 report coordinated by Navdanya International, International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, with the participation of The Center for Food Safety (CFS)

GM: Novel Cuisine or Unpalatable Prospect?   Bite Magazine, Summer 2011.  Food Standards Agency, United Kingdom

Genetically Engineered Food: An Overview   September 2011 report from Food and Water Watch 

Sorry, NYTimes: GMOs Still Will Not Save the World  A nice Grist Magazine rebuttal by Anna Lappe to a NYT Op-Ed by a well-known proponent of GMOs.  (August 2011)

More Resources

The National Organic Coalition (NOC)
The NOC is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a "Washington voice" for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association Interstate Council (NOFA-IC)
NOFA-IC is an affiliation of the seven NOFA state chapters. Provides coordination between the chapters and acts as an umbrella organization for projects of collective concern to NOFA chapters.


Beyond Pesticides
Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.

Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.

Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)
CFSC is a coalition of nearly 300 organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security. Among other programs and activities, CFSC advocates for federal policies that promote community food security and provide resources for community-based initiatives, including within the Federal Farm Bill and the Child Nutrition Act.

Domestic Fair Trade Association
DFTA is made up of traders, retailers and consumers committed to principles of fairness and equity for farmers, farm workers and others working in agricultural industries. Through advocacy, education and endorsements DFTA works toward a more equitable and sustainable agriculture in North America and around the world.

Food and Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization that advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
FRAC is a national organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

GM Watch
Wide selection of videos and information

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
IFOAM promotes worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of organic agriculture.

Institute of Science in Society
“Special Safety Concerns of Transgenic Agriculture and Related Issues-- Briefing Paper for UK Minister of State for the Environment “

Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project is a collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers working to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO food and products

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
NODPA's mission is to enable organic dairy family farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
NSAC is the leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the voices of grassroots farm, food, conservation, and rural organizations from all regions of the country to advocate for federal policies and programs supporting the long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. (The NSAC Blog is an excellent guide to the latest developments in related federal policies and legislation.)

The Organic Center
An excellent resource for credible science and news on the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming, research policy developments, and scientific studies on diverse effects of pesticides and agricultural practices, nutritional quality of organic foods, food safety and more.

Organic Trade Association (OTA)
OTA is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America.

Rural Vermont
Rural Vermont is a statewide grassroots organization working to develop policies and programs that family farms and rural communities.

Safety Testing and Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews (2004).
Excellent technical review of scientific literature

Third World Network/Biosafety Information Centre
European website:  resources on biotech, trade, development, north-south issues, including “Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research: Still No Answers to Ageing Questions”

Union of Concerned Scientists 
See “Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops” (2009) and other resources on food, agriculture and GMO’s.

USDA Economic Research Service (ERS)
ERS is the primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ERS’s Organic Briefing Room covers the scope of ERS work on organic agriculture and provides economic research, data, charts, analysis, and information about the production and marketing of organic products.


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