Keeping Organic Strong

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet this month to decide on a range of issues regarding the future of organic food and farming in the U.S. The NOSB will vote to allow or prohibit substances and practices in certified organic food and farming after considering input from the public.

Your participation is vital to the development of organic standards, as farmers and consumers relay their ideas to the board for consideration.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/organicfood/action/index.htm

You can access background on the issues on our Keeping Organic Strong webpage and then send comments into USDA by November 13. It’s easy. Go to our website at the above link, read about the issues, and follow the links for background and model language.

Issues currently before the NOSB include:

—  Odorized Propane
—  Transparency in Decision Making
—  Copper Sulfate
—  List 3 Inert Ingredients
—  Ammonium Nonanoate
—  Ozone
—  Peracetic Acid
—  Calcium Chloride
—  Indole-3-butyric Acid (IBA)
—  Organic Agriculture
—  Sulfites in Wine
—  Chlorine
—  ARA and DHA
—  Public Comment Procedures
—  Conflict of Interest Policy
—  Organic Research Priorities

We share your enthusiasm for organic practices as the solution to pesticide pollution, to advance clean food, air, water, and a sustainable environment –and want to ensure that organic grows stronger every day. But, this won’t happen without your involvement.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/organicfood/action/index.htm