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Close Regulatory Loopholes that Incentivize the
Conversion of Wild Land to Organics
Comment by October 11 to the National Organic Standards Board
Though organic agriculture promotes and enhances biodiversity, organic regulations do not explicitly protect sensitive native ecosystems from being converted into organic production—in fact, they incentivize it!
Burning down the rainforest to plant “organic” soybeans, or irrigating the Southwestern desert, often paving the way for factory-farm “organic” dairy production, needs to stop. These pristine lands have never had agrichemicals applied, so they can immediately be certified organic.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has proposed new regulations that will provide protections for these ecosystems by removing this incentive. This move is both needed and overdue; these additions to the organic regulations are important to prevent more valuable wild ecosystems from being turned into agricultural land. Read Full Article »