Oh my goodness you guys, can we talk about something so unbelievably exciting, I mean more exciting than Gluten Free + Vegan Pizza! Ok so maybe you actually read my page about Organics and GMO’s on my website? If not here is the link (and don’t forget to watch that mind blowing Ted Talk at the end of the post!!) Back on track so Organics are near and dear to my heart and I’m going to tell you why and share with you something truly freakin awesome!
So, here’s a little story- I dropped out of high school- yep that’s right- and you know what I went to do? Organic farm, that was over 20 years ago, now, but I feel just as much love for organic fruits and veggies now as I did then, even when I had to wake up at 4:30am in the morning…yeah maybe I wasn’t cut out to farm forever, but that’s alright. I still spend time every week going to my local farmer’s market and buying organic produce fresh from the farmer themselves. (I even did a little video on it which you can watch here).
What I have noticed in the last 20 years is that insane amounts of “natural” foods have become flooded into the grocery store shelves BUT still so many of these products aren’t organic and this makes me sad. No, it’s not enough to just eat vegan or gluten free or whatever diet you are jamming right now. It really matters to eat organic. So, do you want to make that easier, better and more affordable? YES!!!! Me too! That’s where the GRO Organic Check-off Program comes in, its goal is make everything truly better, not in some BS sort of way but with real solutions, that help everyone in the organic industry including: Farmers, Handler’s, Researchers, and Consumers.
Right now, there is no Organic Check-Off Program. We can make this become a reality if the public joins together to support it by submitting positive comments that make it known that this is what we want. Have you been feeling like you want to do more to help make change in our world lately? Because this is a easy but VERY impactful way for you to participate.
Your comment is going to be the support they need to make this Organic Check-Off Program a reality. They need to see that YOU care and want this to happen.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comments on the GRO Organic Check-off proposal for a nationwide research and promotion program for the organic sector. This organic check-off will provide research and key tools to encourage more farmers to go organic and help all organic farmers be more successful. It will educate consumers in a positive way about what the organic seal really means. The organic check-off, referred to as GRO Organic (Generic Research and Promotion Order for Organic), could raise over $30 million a year to spend on research to make farmers successful, technical services to accelerate the adoption of organic practices, and consumer education and promotion of the organic brand.”
This truly ground-breaking program can do the following:
● Expand organic farms and organic production across the United States. How? Through increased funding for critical organic agricultural research, and through more funding to help support farmers who are converting to organic.
● Lessen the amount of toxic persistent pesticides sprayed on our land and on our food, and help reduce the farming chemicals leaching into our water supplies. How? Through more research and promotion of organic environmentally-friendly ways of farming that don’t use dangerous chemicals.
● Educate moms and dads and all food shoppers about what organic is, and why it’s different from other labels like “natural” and “non-GMO.” How? By funding promotional and educational campaigns to teach consumers about organic’s benefits.
● AND make organic food more affordable and more attainable for everyone. How? By investing in activities that will boost the production in the U.S of organic food.
SUPPORT THE GRO ORGANIC CHECK-OFF PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA is seeking public
Comments. So, let’s get to it! Anyone can submit a comment in
support of the Check-Off program.
The open-comment period that will end on May 20, 2017.
How To Comment:
1) Use the box below and add your information, hit click preview comment
2) You will then be taken to another box where you can edit a draft and add your comment
This will be sent directly to the USDA!