CCOF Attends 2014 NOSB Meeting

Last week, several CCOF staff and members attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Louisville, Kentucky to share their expertise and weigh in on the future of organic standards.

The NOSB meets biannually to review organic standards and to determine what recommendations it will make to the National Organic Program (NOP) for future rulemaking. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these meetings because they have the opportunity speak and share their opinions on farming and processing inputs and practices.

CCOF also participated in the National Organic Coalition’s (NOC) pre-meeting and discussed a variety of subjects important to the organic community.

In preparation for the NOSB meeting, CCOF submitted nine public comments that address a range of topics such as soil conservation, GMO priorities, and crop and handling materials. At the meeting, several CCOF members also participated and gave public comments on sulfurous acid and other subjects. CCOF also participated directly at the meeting. President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC, Jake Lewin, made recommendations for improving organic certification approaches to soil conservation and natural resource management. Additionally, CCOF, Inc. Board Chairman Phil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards testified on the importance of addressing GMO concerns in organic standards and remembering the needs of organic farmers.

“It is always an honor to represent CCOF members and work with the organic community to move organic standards forward,” said Lewin discussing the meeting.

The next NOSB meeting will be held in spring 2015 in San Diego, California. Contact policy@ccof.org to learn how you can submit comments and testify.

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