Resources for NOC Pre-NOSB Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pennsylvania Ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center

One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219  

Farmer Updates

  1. Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh

DC Update

  1. Agenda for DC Update

  2. Enforcement Rulemaking Summary - USDA

  3. Origin of Livestock Proposed Rule - 60 day comment period closes on December 2, 2019

Gene Editing in Organic Agriculture

  1. OFA Letter to Secretary Perdue

  2. NOC Talking Points - Gene Editing is Prohibited in Organic

  3. OTA Comments to NOSB on Excluded Methods

Lunch Discussion Group - Organic Agriculture, Climate Change & Continuous Improvement

  1. Organic Farming Research Foundation Guidebook - Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration

  2. NOC talking points for Members of Congress - Organic Agriculture and Climate Change

  3. Organic Center Study - Organic Cuts Agriculture’s Contribution to Climate Change

  4. Friends of the Earth Briefing Paper: Pesticides and Soil Health

Lunch Discussion Group - GMO Vaccines

  1. NOSB Livestock Subcommittee Excluded Methods Proposal

Lunch Discussion Group - Organic Dairy Roundtable

  1. Comparison of Contaminants in Organic and Conventional Milk - Emory University

Race, Land Ownership, & Organic Farming

  1. The Great Land Robbery - The Shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms

  2. Sustainable Agriculture and African Americans: Land and Power (SARE)

  3. 2012 Census of Agriculture: Characteristics of All Farms and Farms with Organic Sales (NASS); See page 5 for farm operator demographic information.

    A summary of the census data is available here.

Impacts of Energy Infrastructure on Organic Operations

  1. The Fracking Endgame Locked Into Plastics, Pollution and Climate Chaos (Food and Water Watch)

  2. Fracking and the Food System (Food and Water Watch)

  3. Natural Gas Pipelines: Problems from Beginning to End (Food and Water Watch)

  4. Agricultural Impact Mitigation Provisions for Organic Farms (OEFFA)

  5. Organic farms near drilling activity in the U.S. and Ohio (FracTracker Alliance)

  6. 11% of organic farms near drilling in US, potentially 31% in future (FracTracker Alliance)

  7. Health vs. Power – Risking America’s Food for Energy (FracTracker Alliance)

  8. FracTracker Alliance’s Frac Sand Mining webpage


Thank you to our meeting co-sponsors: