Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off

 

Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off

1. This will be just another Tax on farmers either directly or indirectly when processors pass the cost down.

2. Want to promote the benefits of Organic? You can’t in a check-off. Even something as simple and accurate as “Organic is the Gold Standard,” will not be allowed by USDA.

3. The Check-off system is fundamentally broken for farmers – the federally mandated check-off programs have restrictive guidelines, heavy bureaucracy, lack of accountability and cost of administration.

4. Check-off programs have a history of using check-off funds inappropriately, with poor representation of farmer priorities in granting of research dollars.

5. Commodity check-off programs that are successful see a decline of family farmers in business.

6. Promoting organic sales now will not increase organic acreage in the US but will increase lower priced organic imports.

Join the over 430 organic farmers and 300 organic farmer-supporters who have voiced their strong opposition to a mandatory organic check-off.

For more information, go to: www.noorganiccheckoff.com. Learn more about OSGATA’s membership referendum against the check-off here.

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