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National Organic Standards Board Meetings

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 and activities. One of the NOSB’s most important tasks is to determine… Read more »

National Organic Standards Board Votes to Reject More Synthetic Additives in Infant Formula

Positive news for organic consumers from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting currently taking place in Providence, Rhode Island: the NOSB has rejected the petitions to allow synthetic versions of the nutrients taurine, lycopene, lutein and l-carnitine in organic foods, including organic infant formula. The NOSB also rejected the petitions for two synthetic preservatives… Read more »

5 Surprising Ingredients Allowed in Organic Food

Mother Jones By Tom Philpott Sunday’s New York Times piece on the corporatization of organics (which I commented on here) got me to thinking: What are the weirdest additives the USDA allows in food labeled “organic”? Here are five. 1. Carrageenan Made from seaweed and used as a thickener and stabilizer for certain dairy products… Read more »

Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?

NY Times By Stephanie Strom Ann Arbor, MI — Michael J. Potter is one of the last little big men left in organic food. More than 40 years ago, Mr. Potter bought into a hippie cafe and “whole earth” grocery here that has since morphed into a major organic foods producer and wholesaler, Eden Foods…. Read more »

Organic Industry Watchdog Challenges USDA’s Lack of Transparency

Flawed Appointments Have Led to Corrupt Oversight System WASHINGTON DC: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today formally announced it is seeking nominations for an opening on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a 15-member panel set up by Congress responsible for approving all non-organic/synthetic materials in organics and recommending regulatory policy. Past appointments… Read more »

Wildfires Rage at New Mexican Organic Meetings

Farmers, Consumers and Public Interest Groups Square off Against Corporate Interests ALBUQUERQUE, NM:  Passions flared at the semiannual meeting of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the federal advisory panel approved a number of synthetic ingredients for use in organics, over the objection of the majority of… Read more »

The Organic Watergate: Advocates Condemn Corruption and USDA’s Cozy Relationship with Corporate Agribusinesses in Organics

[This action alert is over.] Cornucopia, WI — The nation’s leading organic farming watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, is challenging what it calls a “conspiracy” between corporate agribusiness interests and the USDA that has increasingly facilitated the use of questionable synthetic additives and even dangerous chemicals in organic foods. In its new white paper, The Organic… Read more »

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