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In 2006, National Organic Program (NOP) staff told Martek
that the DHA and ARA couldn’t be in organic food because they were synthetic,
genetically engineered, and did not qualify as organic. Martek was able to
reverse that decision with a simple phone call to NOP acting director Barbara
Robinson—though no one knew about the reversal until three years later when the
Washington Post broke the story.
Martek then formally petitioned the National Organic
Standards Board (NOSB). Shockingly, in a board meeting two weeks ago, the NOSB
recommended that DHA and ARA oils be added to the Certified Organic list—so
long as they are not extracted with the use of the toxic and air polluting
As things stand now, the DHA and ARA oils are produced through genetic engineering,
processed with volatile synthetic solvents, and microencapsulated—three things
that are expressly banned from USDA Organic!Please contact the National Organics Program immediately and ask them to reject the
NOSB’s recommendation on DHA and ARA. GMO and synthetic chemical solvents have
no place in organic food, much less baby food, and should be banned
immediately, not allowed to remain while the rulemaking process lumbers on.
Dear Mr. Evoy,
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address]