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Take Action to Protect Organic in the Farm Bill

Posted: May 4, 2018

The Senate Agriculture Committee is under intense pressure from lobbyists to weaken the organic standards! Pending Senate Farm Bill legislation could gut the authority of the National Organic Standards Board and put corporate interests above the needs of family farmers.

Keep the organic standards strong!
We are deeply alarmed by this threat. The National Organic Standards Board determines which materials can be used in organic farming and is the heart of the transparent, democratic process that upholds the integrity of organic seal. 

Consumer trust in the organic seal and the future of American organic family farms is at stake. We need more support for organic in the Farm Bill, not a sneak attack aimed at opening up the organic standards to special interests.


We need to reach Democratic members of the Senate Agriculture Committee with this message.

Please consider doing an action alert if you have members or stakeholders in one of these states:
Michigan, Vermont, Ohio, Minnesota, Colorado, New York, Indiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania

Call the Capitol Switchboard:
*Enter your zip code to connect with your Senators.

Ask to speak with the staffer who works on agriculture or leave a message with whoever answers the phone. Use these talking points:
  • I’m calling as a constituent and an organic farmer/consumer.
  • I urge Senator XX to oppose any attempts to weaken the organic standards in the Farm Bill. First and foremost, I urge XX to oppose any changes to the National Organic Standards Board.
  • I urge Senator XX to protect organic programs like certification cost-share and organic research.
  • I want Senator XX to create a level playing field for U.S. organic family farms and stop organic import fraud.

Led by Senator Roberts, the Senate Agriculture Committee is considering Farm Bill legislation that would change the structure and authority of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and make it easier for industrial operations to cash in on organic at the expense of family farmers. The NOSB is at the heart of the transparent, democratic process that upholds the integrity of the organic seal. Changes that weaken the NOSB could be the end of organic as we know it.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is made up of 15 dedicated public volunteers from across the organic community. The Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture on a wide variety of topics related to organic standards, including which materials should be allowed in organic farming. The Board currently has statutory authority to keep toxic substances out of organic production.

The organic standards must remain strong to ensure trust in the label and to create a level playing field for the vast majority of organic farms and businesses that are playing by the rules.

Organic farming improves farmers’ incomes and boosts rural economies. Organic farming also protects eaters, farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities from exposure to toxic pesticides. It conserves water and soil resources. And it’s a climate change solution - it emits fewer greenhouse gases than industrial agriculture and builds healthy soil that traps carbon in the ground, where it belongs.

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