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Explanation of Votes
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Agreed with Cornucopia/NGO community’s position
Opposed Cornucopia/NGO community’s position
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Abstained
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Recused
Absent
Did not vote due to absence
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Current members in colors:
Yellow
Independent/strongest upholders of organic integrity
Green
Swing voters
Gold
Pro-corporate agribusiness block
Gray
Not a current NOSB member

NOTE ON SPRING 2017: There were no split/contested votes at this meeting

NOTE: The Cornucopia Institute has updated its scorecard analyzing the votes of NOSB members. Current scores are based on the positions taken by nonprofit organizations that monitor activity by the USDA and NOSB. This clearly illustrates the divide between the positions taken by the farmers and consumer groups that helped build the organic movement, and the corporate lobby (disproportionally represented on the NOSB). Scores for former members may include votes not listed. See archived votes document for pre-2011 meetings.

NOTE ON ABSTENTIONS: Abstentions do not support the position of The Cornucopia Institute and other public interest groups. Unlike recusals based on legitimate conflicts of interest, abstentions are often used by members to shelter themselves from potential criticism.

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Position Affiliation Score Fatty Alcohols Aeroponics Aquaponics Containers Hydroponics Procaine Sodium Phosphates Casings Konjac Flour Excluded Methods (2017)   Carrageenan Beta Carotene Extract Ozone Gas Soy Wax 1-methylcyclo-propene Hydroponics Hydroponics Amendment Squid by-products SDBS Lactates Policy and procedures manual revisions Algicide soap Ammonium soaps Vitamin D3 Lignin sulfonate Ethylene gas (2015) Sodium silicate EPA list 4 inerts sunset (crops) Glycerides (mono-/di-) Tocopherols Xanthan gum Beet juice color Black currant juice color Pumpkin color Red cabbage color Black/Purple carrot color Blueberry juice color Carrot juice color Cherry juice color Chokecherry juice color Elderberry juice color Grape juice color Grape skin extract color Paprika color Purple potato juice color Fish oil Isopropanol (livestock) Red radish color Saffron extract color Turmeric extract color De-oiled lecithin Ivermectin Moxidectin Copper sulfate EPA List 4 inerts sunset (livestock) Laminarin EPA list 4 inerts annotation change (crops) EPA list 4 inerts annotation change (livestock) L-malic-acid Egg white lysozyme Activated charcoal Sodium acid pyrophosphate Methionine (2015) Ferric phosphate Sulfurous acid Sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate Aqueous potassium silicate Gellan gum Tragacanth gum Mg oxide (listing as petitioned) Mg Oxide (listing with expiration) Streptomycin CBI in petitions Tetracycline sunset Polyoxin D zinc salt Indole-3-butyric acid Barley beta fiber Taurine in cat food
Date of Meeting Fall 2017 Spring 2017 Fall 2016 Spring 2016 Fall 2015 Spring 2015 Fall 2014 Spring 2014 Spring 2013
Cornucopia/NGO Position Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No See note Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No
Jay Feldman conservationist Beyond Pesticides Beyond Pesticides 97%   + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Jennifer Taylor public/consumer interest Florida A&M Florida AM 97%   + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Colehour Bondera farmer Kanalani Ohana Farm Kanalani Ohana Farm 92%   + + + + + + + + + + -[A] + + + + + + + + + + + + + -[A] + + + + + + -[A] + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Emily Oakley farmer Three Springs Farm Three Springs Farm 86% - + + + + + + - + +   + + + + + + + + + -[A] +
Dave Mortensen scientist Penn State University Penn State 80% - + + + + + - + + +  
Barry Flamm conservationist Conservation Consultant The Cornucopia Institute 80%  
Steve Ela farmer Ela Family Farms Ela Family Farms 70% - + + + + + - - + +  
Francis Thicke conservationist Radiance Dairy Radiance Dairy 65%   + + + + + + + + + + + + -[A] + + + + -[A] + -[A] + + + + + + + + + -[A] + + + + -[A] + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Dan Seitz public/consumer interest Council on Naturopathic Medical Educ. CNME 62% + + + + + + - - + +   + + -[A] + + + -[A]
Calvin Walker public/consumer interest Southern Univ. and A&M College Southern Univ and AM College 59%   -[A] + + + -[A] + + + -[A] + + + + + + + + + + + + + -[A] + + + + + + + + + + +
Harriet Behar conservationist MOSES MOSES 57% - + + + + + - - + +   + + + + + -[A]
Nick Maravell farmer Nick's Organic Farm Nicks Organic Farm 53%   + + -[A] + + + + -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] + -[A] -[A] -[A] + + + + + + + + + +[A] see note + -[A] + + + + + + +
A-dae Romero Briones public/consumer interest Pulama Lana'i Pulama Lana'i 50% + + - - - + + - - +   + + + + + +
Jean Richardson public/consumer interest Organic inspector/Univ. Vermont retired Univ Vermont 45%   + + + + + + + + -[A] + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Asa Bradman conservationist University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley 40% + -[A] - - - + - - + +  
Joelle Mosso handler Olam Spices and Vegetable Ingredients Olam 40% - + - - - + - - + +  
Jesse Buie farmer Ole Brooks Organics Ole Brook Organics 38% - + + + + + - - + +   +
Lisa de Lima retailer MOM's Organic Market MOMs Organic Market 33% - + - - - + - - + -   + + + + + + + -[A] -[A] -[A] + + + + + + + -[A] + + + +
Paula Daniels conservationist Los Angeles Food Policy Council Los Angeles Food Policy 33%   + +
Wendy Fulwider farmer Organic Valley/Whole Foods-GAP Organic Valley 31%   + + +
Ashley Swaffar farmer Vital Farms Vital Farms 31% + + - - - + - - + -   + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Robert "Mac" Stone certifier State Organic Program - KY State Organic Program KY 29%   + + + + + + +
Joseph Dickson retailer Whole Foods Whole Foods 28%   + + +
Tracy Favre conservationist Environmental Engineer
Manufacturer’s Representative/Certification Inspector
FHPReps 28%   + + + + + -[A] + + + + + + + + + +
Scott Rice certifier WA State Dept. of Agriculture WSDA 24%   + +
Zea Sonnabend scientist CCOF CCOF 23%   -[A] -[A] + -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] -[A] + -[A] -[A] -[A] + + + + + + + [A]
John Foster handler Earthbound/WhiteWave Whitewave Foods 14%   +
Tom Chapman handler Clif Bar CLIF Bar 13% + + - - - + - - - -   + + -[A] -[A] + + +
Sue Baird public/consumer interest Missouri Organic Association Missouri Organic Association 10% - + - - - - - - - -  
Carmela Beck farmer Driscoll's Driscolls 9%   + + + +
Harold Austin handler Zirkle Fruit Zirkle 5%   -[A] -[A] + Absent Absent Absent Absent Absent

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Fall 2017
  • Fatty Alcohols Vote was to refer the petition on fatty alcohols back to subcommittee. The NGO community opposed the motion.
  • Aeroponics Vote was to prohibit aeroponic production in organics. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Aquaponics Vote was to prohibit aquaponic production in organics. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Containers Vote was to establish limits for container growing. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Hydroponics Vote was to prohibit hydroponic production in organics. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Procaine Vote was to remove procaine from the national list as an allowed synthetic. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Sodium Phosphates Vote was to remove sodium phosphate from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural, non-organic substance. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Casings Vote was to remove casings from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Konjac Flour Vote was to remove konjac flour from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. The NGO community supported the motion.
  • Excluded Methods (2017) Vote was to refer excluded methods terminology back to subcommittee. The NGO community opposed the motion.
Spring 2017

None

Fall 2016
  • Carrageenan Vote was to remove carrageenan from the national list as a non-agricultural, non-organic substance. Cornucopia supported the motion.
  • Beta Carotene Extract Vote was to remove beta carotene extract from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the motion.
  • Ozone Gas Vote was to remove ozone gas from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the motion.
  • Soy Wax Vote was to add soy wax to the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the motion.
  • 1-methylcyclopropene Vote was to add 1-methylcyclopropene to the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia opposed the motion.
  • Hydroponics Vote was to refer hydroponics back to the crops subcommittee. Cornucopia opposed the motion.
  • Hydroponics Amendment Vote was to amend the hydroponics resolution. Cornucopia supported the motion.
Spring 2016
  • Squid By-Products Vote was to add Squid by-products to the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • SDBS Vote was to add SDBS to the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • Lactates Vote was to add lactates to the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • Policy and Procedures Manual Revisions Vote was to revise the policy and procedures manual. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
Fall 2015
  • Algicide Soap Vote was to remove algicide soap from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Ammonium Soaps Vote was to remove ammonium soaps from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Vitamin D3 Vote was to remove vitamin D3 from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Lignin Sulfonate Vote was to remove lignin sulfonate from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Ethylene Gas (2015) Vote was to remove ethylene gas (2015) from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Sodium Silicate Vote was to remove sodium silicate from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • EPA list 4 inerts sunset (Crops) Vote was to remove EPA list 4 inerts (crops) from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Glycerides (Mono-/Di-) Vote was to remove glycerides (mono-/di-) from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural, non-organic substance. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Tocopherols Vote was to remove tocopherols from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural, non-organic substance. Cornucopia opposed the proposal provided the substance was classified as non-synthetic and an annotation was added banning the use of synthetic solvents. It was re-listed as a synthetic
  • Xanthan Gum Vote was to remove xanthan gum from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural, non-organic substance. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Beet Juice Color Vote was to remove beet juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Black Currant Juice Color Vote was to remove black currant juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Pumpkin Color Vote was to remove pumpkin color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Red Cabbage Color Vote was to remove red cabbage color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Black/Purple Carrot Color Vote was to remove black/purple carrot color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Blueberry Juice Color Vote was to remove blueberry juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Carrot Juice Color Vote was to remove carrot juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Cherry Juice Color Vote was to remove cherry juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Chokecherry Juice Color Vote was to remove chokecherry juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Elderberry Juice Color Vote was to remove elderberry juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Grape Juice Color Vote was to remove grape juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Grape Skin Extract Color Vote was to remove grape skin extract color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Paprika Color Vote was to remove paprika color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Purple Potato Juice Color Vote was to remove purple potato juice color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Fish Oil Vote was to remove fish oil from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Isopropanol (Livestock) Vote was to remove isopropanol (livestock) from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Red Radish Color Vote was to remove red radish color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Saffron Extract Color Vote was to remove saffron extract color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Turmeric Extract Color Vote was to remove turmeric extract color from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • De-oiled Lecithin Vote was to remove de-oiled lecithin from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural product. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Ivermectin Vote was to remove ivermectin from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Moxidectin Vote was to remove moxidectin from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia opposes the proposal.
  • Copper Sulfate Vote was to remove copper sulfate from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • EPA List 4 Inerts Sunset (Livestock) Vote was to remove EPA list 4 inerts (livestock) from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Laminarin Vote was to classify Laminarin as a non-synthetic. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • EPA list 4 Inerts Annotation Change (Crops) Vote was to change the annotation for EPA list 4 inerts (crops). Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • EPA list 4 inerts Annotation Change (Livestock) Vote was to change the annotation for EPA list 4 inerts (livestock). Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
Spring 2015
  • L-Malic-Acid Vote was to remove l-malic-acid from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural non-synthetic ingredient. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Egg White Lysozyme Vote was to remove egg white lysozyme from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural non-synthetic ingredient . Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Activated Charcoal Vote was to remove activated charcoal from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural synthetic ingredient. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • Methionine (2015) Vote was to amend the annotation for methionine so as to allow an alternative way of calculating methionine usage in poultry feed. Cornucopia opposed the proposal. Nick Maravell is credited with opposing after abstaining in protest of the inclusion of Harold Austin, who was not present at the meeting and voted via phone link.
  • Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate Vote was to remove sodium acid pyrophosphate from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural synthetic ingredient . Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Ferric Phosphate Vote was to remove ferric phosphate from the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
Fall 2014
  • Sulfurous Acid Vote was to remove sulfurous acid from the national list as an allowed synthetic . Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate Vote was to remove sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate from the national list as an allowed synthetic . Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Aqueous Potassium Silicate Vote was to remove aqueous potassium silicate from the national list as an allowed synthetic . Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Gellan Gum Vote was to remove gellan gum from the national list as an allowed non-agricultural non-synthetic ingredient. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Tragacanth Gum Vote was to remove tragacanth gum from the national list as an allowed non-organically produced agricultural ingredient . Cornucopia supported the proposal.
Spring 2014
  • Magnesium Oxide (listing as petitioned) Vote was to add magnesium oxide to the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • Magnesium Oxide (listing with expiration) Vote was to add magnesium oxide along with an expiration date to the national list as an allowed synthetic. Cornucopia supported the proposal.
  • Streptomycin Vote was to amend the annotation for streptomycin so as to delay expiration of the material until 2017. It was set to expire in 2014. Cornucopia opposed the proposal.
  • Confidential Business Information in Petitions Vote was to approve revision of the material petition process to eliminate confidential business information. Cornucopia supported the proposal.