California Organic Advisory Board Calls for Protection of National Organic Standards Board

(May 17, 2018) Santa Cruz, CA – During its spring meeting, the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) passed a motion calling for the protection of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
 
The motion states, “COPAC is concerned about any legislative changes impacting NOSB and the current democratic process. COPAC opposes any efforts to undermine the NOSB and its authority to govern organic systems via NOP rulemaking as it currently stands under the USDA.”
 
COPAC passed the motion to support the NOP and NOSB during farm bill negotiations. NOSB is a federal advisory board that makes recommendations on materials allowed in organic production and organic standards. COPAC’s motion reinforces the position of a recent letter to agricultural leaders in the United States Senate and House of Representatives signed by over 135 organic companies and farmers, which can be found at http://bit.ly/2Is4Tgu.
 
COPAC is comprised of 15 members and 15 alternates representing organic producers, wholesalers, technical representatives, environmental representatives, processors, consumers, retailers, and accredited certifiers. The committee advises the California Secretary of Agriculture on organic agricultural issues.
 
COPAC works closely with the California State Organic Program (SOP). The committee approves the budget for the SOP and receives updates on organic compliance and enforcement within the state. COPAC is advising the SOP on a genetically modified organism (GMO) testing pilot program that tests organic products for GMO contamination.
 
About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.
 
CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.
 
For more information about CCOF, visit www.ccof.org.
 
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Author contact information: 

CCOF
2155 Delaware Ave., Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
pnell@ccof.org

Author: 
Peter Nell, CCOF Policy Assistant