CCOF Weighs in on Organic Issues

CCOF submitted 11 comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in advance of the board’s November meeting. The comments address a range of NOSB agenda items, from materials slated for sunset in 2018 to hydroponic organic production. Click on the links below for CCOF’s comments. All of the comments submitted to the NOSB can be read online.

The NOSB is a federal advisory board to the National Organic Program. It convenes formal meetings twice annually to discuss materials scheduled for sunset off the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and other organic issues.

The sunset process is a mechanism for continual review of the materials on the National List. Each of these materials comes up for sunset review every five years. The NOSB often requests a technical advisory panel evaluation of a material to determine its environmental and toxicological effects. This evaluation, together with availability of organic alternatives and the need for the material in organic crops, livestock, or handling, are considered by the NOSB in deciding whether or not to remove a material from the National List. A 2/3 vote of the board is required for a material to be removed.

CCOF notified its members who use materials up for 2018 sunset review and many of them submitted their own informative comments to the NOSB.

President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC Jake Lewin and CCOF Policy Director Kelly Damewood will attend the upcoming NOSB meeting, which will be November 16-18, 2016, in St. Louis, Missouri. The public is welcome to attend. Location and other details are on the NOSB website.

CCOF submitted these comments to the NOSB: