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Spring 2017 NOSB Meeting

Posted: April 24. 2017

13 members of the National Organic Coalition provided oral testimony to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in Denver, Colorado this past week. NOC member Harriet Behar (pictured) participated as a member of the Board. NOC testified about the benefits of organic to the U.S. economy and urged the board to communicate with the USDA about the critical research needs for the organic sector. NOC also urged the NOSB to protect the integrity of the organic seal by:

·       recommending that all handlers in the organic supply chain be certified.
·       continuing their work on recommendations to promote the use of organic seed.
·       continuing their work to more clearly define which genetic techniques fall under the excluded methods definition.
NOC also testified that hydroponic systems relying on liquid fertility inputs should not be certified as organic. NOC applauds the board for beginning work on a challenging issue: the conversion of native ecosystems to organic production. The Board is currently exploring mechanisms to eliminate incentives to put these valuable lands in organic production.

Read more in the oral testimony provided by NOC Staff:

Testimony presented by Abby Youngblood, NOC Executive Director

Testimony presented by Steve Etka, NOC Policy Director

Testimony presented by Christie Badger, NOC Consultant

NOC also submitted written testimony to the NOSB.

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