The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) fall proceedings kick off at noon ET October 13 with a public comment session continuing through October 14, followed by the public meeting October 19-21. Cornucopia supplies NOSB members with independent analyses of agenda items, relying on publicly funded research and input from authentic organic farmers, consumers, and other stakeholders. Watch the NOSB public comment period and the public meeting on Zoom.
Here’s what to listen for:
- NOSB’s vote on the removal of the synthetic additive carrageenan from certified organic foods (Read our formal comments; carrageenan is addressed on page 11.)
- Updates on much needed rules that may be proposed in the near future, potentially including Origin of Livestock (sourcing of organic dairy cows), Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (requirements for legitimate outdoor access and animal welfare), and Strengthening Organic Enforcement (deterring organic fraud)
- A discussion on the NOSB’s draft letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack on climate change initiatives (Read Cornucopia’s feedback on that letter in our comments on page 1.)
- The petition, supported by Cornucopia, to prohibit ammonia extracts
Cornucopia seeks a robust discussion of the science and the process for prohibiting troubling inputs. Ammonia extracts are the preferred source of fertility in conventional and GMO fields because they are extremely high in nitrogen. “Organic” ammonia extracts produced using manure from livestock feedlots could short-circuit critical biological processes in the soil.