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USDA seeks comments to enhance agricultural coexistence

by Randy Shannon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting public comment on how how various forms of agriculture can coexist in the U.S. The USDA supports all forms of agriculture, including conventional, organic, and genetically engineered, to meet the country’s needs for food security and energy, and to sustain rural communities. The deadline for comments isJan. 3, 2014. Here is the link to make your voice heard: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047-0001 

So far, the coexistence suggestions have very few safeguards for organic producers. The USDA needs to know that stronger controls on GMO crops are imperative to promote a landscape where organic agriculture can thrive. Public comments should focus on solutions that address the realities of crop production and the marketplace, as well as suggestions on how the USDA could facilitate collaboration and coexistence. The National Organic Coalition will have suggestions for talking points on their website after the holidays. 

Reprinted with permission from The Organic Link from MOSES