Don’t Miss Your Chance To Shape The Future of Organic

The April 7, 2015 deadline to submit comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is fast approaching! At the end of April, the NOSB will meet in La Jolla, California to review organic materials and standards. During this meeting they will review a substantial amount of materials, including copper and sulfur products for use in crop production, and gums and pectin for processing. Your operation may be affected!

There are two simple things you can do to help protect the integrity of organic standards:

1) Complete OTA’s Online Surveys

CCOF is working closely with the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to gather information on how organic operations use the materials that are up for review. You can help CCOF and OTA advocate on your behalf and protect the integrity of organic standards by completing OTA’s online surveys:

OTA created these surveys and will share feedback with the NOSB at the April 27, 2015 meeting.

2) Submit Your Own Comments

Secondly, you can advocate on your own behalf and directly submit comments to the NOSB. Here’s how:

  1. Review the NOSB Agenda found here: Spring 2015 NOSB Draft Meeting Agenda
  2. Write a few words about the materials you use and why they are important to organic production. Share background info about your operation such as what you grow, sell, or process. Here is an example: “Insecticidal soap helps us control aphids on our mixed fruit and vegetable farm that provides produce for a 200 member CSA and farmers’ markets. We prefer using this product because of applicator safety and the fact that it has little impact on beneficial insects.” 
  3. Submit your comment at www.regulations.gov for docket number: AMS-NOP-15-0002 (click on the “Comment Now!” button).

Let Us Know How It Went

We would like to hear from you. If you take the OTA survey or submit your own comments, let us know. You can reach us at policy@ccof.org.

Background Information

NOSB advises the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on which substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic farming and processing based on criteria under the Organic Foods Production Act. Generally, synthetic substances are prohibited unless specifically allowed and non-synthetic substances are allowed unless specifically prohibited. Exceptions to this rule are included in the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (the National List).

NOSB reviews every substance on the National List every five years. This review process is referred to as Sunset review. This year the substances on the original National List are up for review.

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