The USDA has announced a very short public comment period (ends May 12, 2006) on a proposal to amend the National Organic Program in a manner that would weaken organic standards. The USDA's actions were requested by a very small handful of Republican members of Congress.

In late 2005, despite receiving over 350,000 letters and phone calls from the organic community, Republican leaders in Congress attached a rider to the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations Bill to weaken the nation's organic food standards. Their action was in response to pressure from large-scale food manufacturers.

Please take a moment to send a quick letter to the USDA showing that you support strong organic standards.

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