Recent Policy Updates

RECENT POLICY UPDATES

Recap: Spring NOSB Meeting: At their spring meeting in Denver last month, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) heard from citizens, farmers and advocates on issues as narrow and specific as an annotation change for tocopherols on the National List, and as broad as hydroponic and container production in organic. NOFA-VT and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) provided comments to the NOSB, both in writing and in person, on several topics of concern to organic farmers and consumers here in Vermont, including hydroponics, biodegradable biobased mulch, and eliminating the incentive to convert native ecosystems to organic production. Read more...

Organic Check-Off Program Proposed: In January of 2017, the USDA released a proposal originally developed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for a multi-commodity organic check-off program. The proposed check-off program, called GRO Organic (Generic Research & Promotion Order for Organic), would be the first of its kind in that it would collect assessments not from producers of one specific commodity (e.g. cotton) but from farmers and processors across the $43 billion organic industry, including those who import organic products into the U.S. from other countries.  Read more...

Fall 2016 NOSB Comments Submitted: Read the public comments made to the National Organic Standards Board on October 26, 2016 by Nicole Dehne, VOF Certification Director and Madison Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor. Key issues addressed in our comments included hydroponics, container & greenhouse production, personnel performance evaluations of inspectors, strengthening the organic seed guidance, and excluded methods terminology (GMOs). Read our comments...

Keep the Soil in Organic! Join us at the Rally in the Valley on Oct. 30th: Since 2010, the NOSB recommendation prohibiting “organic hydroponic” growing has been totally ignored.  Next month, the NOSB will be looking at this issue again and will make a crucial decision on keeping the soil in organic or allowing hydroponics to take over. Read more...