OTA Board Elections Towards a 100% Organic Board
We believe such a change of direction, from an association promoting organics to a lobbying association is an error and takes focus away from what has made this industry, promoting the benefits of organics to the public. It does nothing for organics, the grassroots nor the 100% organic companies to empower its corporate members to lobby directly through OTA. The organic community has a strong lobby and its worked when we've needed it. For example, when the USDA tried to slip GMO, sewage sludge and irradiation into the National Organic Program, over 200,000 responses were received by the USDA. Government claimed it was the largest public and industry response to proposed rule changes the USDA had ever received. And it worked. So why would we waste money donating to politicians, when this money could be used to promote organics to the public? Additionally, we our extremely n...