OTA member feedback sought on inputs

feedbackOver the course of the next two years, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will review the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their Sunset timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed if new information indicates these substances are incompatible with organic production. Comments from the public are necessary to guide NOSB’s review of each input. It’s critical that NOSB hear from certified producers and handlers on whether these inputs are consistent with and essential to organic production, or whether there are other effective natural or organic alternatives available. To help facilitate a robust comment process, OTA is creating a system for collecting feedback from certified farms and processors. Look for a special NOSB Flash next week that will include detailed information on how you can participate. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA’s Regulatory Director, Organic Standards & Food Safety, or Nathaniel Lewis, OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist.

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