CCOF Submits Comment on Organic Livestock & Poultry Practices Rule

Last week, CCOF submitted a comment to USDA opposing the agency’s proposal to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. CCOF also joined 80 other organic producers, retailers, organizations, certifiers, farm groups, and consumer organizations in an open letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to implement the rule. 
The OLPP rule is the result of decades of rulemaking effort by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and members of the organic community. The rule ensures that organic animals live in pasture-based systems, establishes minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for organic chickens, clarifies that outdoor spaces include soil and vegetation, adds humane handling requirements, clarifies humane slaughter requirements, and more. The rule would make standards that CCOF members are already complying with required by all organic producers and level the playing field of organic livestock production.
According to USDA, only 28 of 47,000 comments were submitted in the last commenting period were in support of withdrawing the rule. Nevertheless, despite 99 percent of commenters supporting implementation of the rule and wide support from the organic community and consumers, USDA plans to withdraw the rule. 
In the most recent commenting docket, over 71,000 comments were submitted, including many from CCOF members. CCOF members continue to be engaged with the OLPP rule by submitting hundreds of comments over the years and writing various letters in support of the OLPP rule. 
CCOF’s comment highlighted that USDA has unambiguous authority to implement the rule, the OLPP rule would protect organic producers, and the proposal to withdraw the rule undermines the National Organic Program’s efficacy. 
CCOF will continue to track the implementation of the OLPP rule. To stay engaged in CCOF’s efforts, consider signing up for our Action Alerts. If you have questions, please contact CCOF’s Policy Department