CCOF Applauds USDA Final Guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation

(January 19, 2016) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to clarify the National Organic Program (NOP) standards on natural resources and biodiversity conservation because it is a significant step forward to ensure that certifiers, inspectors, and certified organic operations understand and implement conservation practices.

The requirements outlined in the guidance are appropriate and achievable. CCOF appreciates the examples of practices that may maintain or improve natural resources and biodiversity. Specifically, CCOF acknowledges the importance of including examples that address protection or mitigation of high conservation value areas and no conversion of highly erodible land or wetlands.

For more than 40 years, CCOF has required its members to demonstrate strong conservation practices under the basic NOP standard of “maintaining or improving the natural resources of the operation.” This new guidance will strengthen and clarify these efforts.

About CCOF
CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 that advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. CCOF is based in Santa Cruz, California, and represents more than 2,900 certified organic members in 42 states and three countries. For further information on CCOF visit: www.ccof.org.

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Author: 
Robin Boyle, CCOF Director of Marketing and Sales
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