On the heels of a previous report highlighting lack of enforcement and oversight in our food system, the U.S. Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) new report on whether milk marketed as organic actually meets the National Organic Program’s standards is a real wake-up call to the organic community. And so it should be. Consumers pay a significant premium for organic products and rightly expect transparency and oversight. However, the OIG's new report, "Agricultural Marketing Service National Organic Program - Organic Milk," exposes major failings of the National Organic Program’s (NOP) certification and auditing systems. At a time when consumers are turning their backs on industrialized farming systems – and genetically modified (GM) farming in particular – the new report raises real questions about exactly what people are paying for when they buy organic milk.
Last year over Labor Day, Animal Welfare Approved farmers and staff attended Slow Food Nation in San Francisco with the goal of promoting a better food system for this country. This year, Slow Food is again rallying to promote good food for all. Please read about the initiative and plan to take part.
FROM AN EMAIL JUST RECEIVED FROM SLOW FOOD…
In three days, people in all 50 states will sit down to share a meal and bend the direction of history just a little bit. Together, we are publicly rejecting the notion that our schools can’t afford to feed kids anything but the bad food that makes them sick.
And the way we’re making this statement is by bringing neighbors together in the spirit of good will and for the joy of sharing good food. That is the heart of our movement.
Attend an Eat-In on Labor Day.
There are 296 taking place in cities and towns across America. On our web site, you can search for Eat-Ins by state and find one near you.
If there isn’t one in your area, sign up to host your own: all you need to do is gather with friends for a Labor Day potluck, take a photo (the more creative, the better) and send it to us to show your support. If enough people sign up today, we’ll pass the 300 mark and our message will be even stronger.
This is the first National Day of Action that Slow Food USA has organized, and thought-leaders in the food movement say that’s a significant milestone. Last week, Michael Pollan joined Slow Food USA president Josh Viertel on a conference call with chapter leaders and Eat-In organizers.
It’s time for lunch! Attend an Eat-In on Labor Day.
The Time for Lunch Team