USDA/NOSB/Organic Issues

Cornucopia is the most vocal and engaged watchdog of The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The 15-member NOSB is an expert citizen panel created by Congress, charged with advising the Secretary of Agriculture on organic policy. Cornucopia closely monitors the NOSB’s biannual meetings in the spring and fall, and activities between meetings.

One of the NOSB’s most important tasks is to determine which synthetic/non-organic farm inputs or food ingredients are permitted on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.

Corporate representatives and lobbyists wield tremendous influence at NOSB meetings. To counter their frequently biased and self-serving research and testimony, Cornucopia supplies NOSB members with independent analyses of agenda items, relying on publicly funded research and surveys of family-scale organic farmers. Cornucopia is committed to representing the interests of organic farmers and consumers to the NOSB.

If you would like to take action and comment to the NOSB, please sign up for Cornucopia’s bi-weekly newsletter and periodic action alerts.

Our research and comments for each NOSB meeting can be found below:

Spring 2017 meeting, Denver, CO
Cornucopia’s formal written comments
Analysis of submitted written comments by the full nonprofit community
Synopsis of April 13, 2017, NOSB webinar testimonials
Cornucopia’s web coverage of the meeting
Dr. Linley Dixon’s testimony before the NOSB
Mark Kastel’s testimony before the NOSB
Dave Chapman’s (Long Wind Farm, VT) testimony before the NOSB
Anaïs Beddard’s (Cornucopia advisor and Lady Moon Farms) testimony before the NOSB
Tom Beddard’s (Lady Moon Farms) testimony before the NOSB

Fall 2016 meeting, St. Louis, MO
Cornucopia’s Formal Written Comments:
Carrageenan
Hydroponics
Policy and Procedures Manual
Sunset Review
Tocopherols
Analysis of submitted written comments on carrageenan and hydroponics/container certification
Synopsis of webinar testimonials
Cornucopia’s web coverage of the meeting
Dr. Linley Dixon’s testimony before the NOSB
Mark Kastel’s testimony before the NOSB

Spring 2016 meeting, Washington, DC
Written Comments
Analysis of submitted written comments
Synopsis of webinar testimonials
Analysis of Policy and Procedures Manual (PPM) changes
Carrageenan: material review
Cornucopia’s web coverage of the meeting

Fall 2015 meeting, Stowe, Vermont
Written Comments
Analysis of submitted written comments
Synopsis of webinar testimonials
Cornucopia’s web coverage of the meeting

Spring 2015 meeting, La Jolla, CA
Written Comments
Analysis of submitted written comments
Methionine Recap
Cornucopia’s web coverage of the meeting

Fall 2014 meeting, Louisville, KY
Written Comments
Analysis of submitted written comments
Cornucopia’s web coverage of the meeting

Spring 2014 meeting, San Antonio, TX
Written Comments
Analysis of submitted written comments
Cornucopia’s web coverage of the meeting

Spring 2013 meeting, Portland, OR
Written Comments
Analysis of submitted written comments

Fall 2012 meeting, Providence, RI
Written Comments
Analysis of submitted written comments

Spring 2012 meeting, Albuquerque, NM
Written comments
Testimony by Dr. Joanne Tobacman on carrageenan and its harmful impacts on human health

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