Leading organic businesses and trade groups have filed a joint brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of the Center for Food Safety and opposed to Monsanto in the ongoing case regarding planting of Roundup Ready, genetically engineered sugar beets. Support from the organic industry included Annies, Inc; Clif Bar & Co.; Eden Foods; the National Cooperative Grocers Association; the National Organic Coalition; Nature’s Path Foods, Inc; the Organic Farming Research Foundation; Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association; Organic Trade Association; Organically Grown Company; and United Natural Foods, Inc. The $25 billion-a-year organic industry, the fastest growing sector of U.S. agriculture for more than a decade, warned of the imminent threat from unwanted biotech contamination to their businesses.
Kristina (Kiki) Hubbard is the director of advocacy and communications for Organic Seed Alliance. She currently leads efforts to promote policies and actions that support organic seed systems, including managing OSA’s State of Organic Seed project.