If you are interested in getting involved in MOFGA's Public Policy Committee work, please contact Heather Spalding, MOFGA's Deputy Director, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 207-568-4142.
MOFGA has adopted position statements on the following issues:
Support For Sustainable, Organic Farming Worldwide
Free Trade in Agriculture
Genetically Engineered Organisms
National Animal Identification System
Farmer Autonomy, Consumer Choice and Science-based Regulation
MOFGA presents testimony to policy makers at local, state and national levels. We have started posting official testimonies online. View MOFGA Testimonies
As Maine's 126th Legislature moves closer to the end of its session, MOFGA is focusing its policy efforts on rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection. MOFGA, in its partnership with the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, is gathering signatures to require the disclosure of information about the intentional use of the hormone-disrupting chemicals phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) in consumer products. The Department can then analyze the information collected to assess potential exposure, the availability of safer alternatives, and whether additional action is needed.
MOFGA also will be monitoring rulemaking developments at the Board of Pesticides Control and will post position statements and action alerts accordingly.
Through the Spring, Summer and Fall, MOFGA's Public Policy Committee will identify priority legislation and develop campaigns for the next Legislature.
MOFGA monitors policy developments in Congress and advocates for sensible policy that supports family farms, promotes organic production methods, defends appropriate standards in the National Organic Program, and increases consumer access to organic local foods. MOFGA works in partnership with organizations in Maine and across the country.
MOFGA advocates for policies that reduce all farmers' and homeowners' reliance on pesticides, and all citizens' exposures to pesticides in their diets and in the air and drinking water. We believe that the dramatic increases since the 1950s in childhood and adult cancer rates, as well as immune system and reproductive abnormalities, are directly related to the toxins that increasingly contaminate our environment. Pesticides are the only toxins that humans deliberately manufacture and spread in the environment -- at a rate of millions of pounds of active ingredients every year in Maine alone.
More on MOFGA's advocacy for safer alternatives to pesticides.
MOFGA's quarterly reports on Maine's Board of Pesticides Control.
In April 2006, MOFGA articulated a clear position statement on genetically engineered organisms. What led to MOFGA's current position statement was many year of cautious, in-depth analysis of the potential environmental and health risks associated with genetic engineering. January 2014 saw the successful culmination of a MOFGA-coordinated state campaign to require labeling of foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
More about MOFGA's work on GMOs.
Details about MOFGA's GMO Labeling Campaign.
MOFGA is an active participant in The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, a diverse coalition of twelve Maine-based organizations that have embarked upon a multi-year public health campaign to phase out the long-lived toxic chemicals that build up in the food web and our bodies. Through a series of strategic issue campaigns, the Alliance is targetting sources of persistent toxic chemicals to be replaced with safer alternatives. Over time, we will seek goverment and business commitments to phase out the entire class of persistent toxics in favor of clean production.
Visit The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine website.