After being postponed twice in three years, the Korea Organic Regulations are scheduled to become mandatory on January 1, 2014 and will require all imports to be directly certified to the Korea Standards. This will effectively shut out all imports of NOP organic product. Products that have cleared customs in Korea before December 31, 2013 will be allowed to remain in the stream of commerce and be sold as organic in Korea after the January 1st date.
The Organic Center has a good interview w/ David Granatstein from WSU (an Oregon Tilth Board member) in its featured scientist section of their newly updated website. It provides a good overview of David's experience and dedication to organic agriculture.
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food.
Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938, and it includes new regulations for produce farms and for facilities that process food for people to eat. Learn more about the FSMA, how it affects you, and submit your comments to the FDA by November 15.
Melody Meyer, Vice President for Policy and Industry Relations at UNFI, has been named the new Board President of the Organic Trade Association, succeeding Matt McLean of Uncle Matt’s Organic who served as president for the past two years.
Just Label It applauds U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for her leadership in preventing a provision deemed the "Monsanto rider" from being included in a Senate amendment to the House Continuing Resolution. The provision would negate any meaningful judicial review of the USDA's decisions to allow planting of genetically engineered crops.
Due to a lapse in appropriations for the National Organic Program (NOP) as of October 1, we have initiated the process of orderly shutdown of nonessential operations.
The National Organic Program (NOP) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of a fraudulent organic certificate.
The United States and Japan today announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at Winrock International released the results of their 2013 National Food Hub Survey.
Organically Grown in Oregon week highlights an important and expanding ag sector. Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 15-21 to be Organically Grown in Oregon Week, an indicator that organic agriculture is something to celebrate.
A new report by the CDC details the threats of antibiotic resistant diseases on the public. One of the factors contributing to antibiotic resistance is the broad application of low doses of antibiotics in rearing animals. This practice can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which can eventually make their way into humans through physical exposure and even dietary exposure.
“The Organic Center has made great strides this year in stepping up efforts to communicate the latest science showing the benefits of organic food and farming. This re-designed website will help consumers, policymakers, the media and scientists access and better understand findings that shed light on the health and environmental benefits of organic practices,” said Christine Bushway, Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association.
Requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients will not increase food prices at the supermarket, according to an independent study by the national Just Label It campaign.
Public Affairs is proud to release its third issue of (ORE)ganic News, a newsletter highlighting sustainable, conservation practices for organic production. This month’s issue features a success story from an organic producer in Central Oregon, as well as information on improving water quality and quantity. Also attached is Oregon’s Organic EQIP flyer. Please include this as an insert with printed copies of the newsletter.
Healthy soils are the foundation of a healthy food system. These soils teem with life: earthworms create water channels as the burrow through the soil, allowing rain to soak in; residues from previous crops help soil retain moisture, suppress weeds, and prevent erosion and runoff; microorganisms help filter contaminates and form the glue that helps keep soil intact; and cover crops—second crops planted to protect and improve soil health during the off-season—deliver natural fertilizer to the soil, prevent erosion, increase biodiversity, and improve water filtration as their roots create pores in the soil. Together, all of this works to create healthier crops.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the September 2013 issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting public comments on a proposed rule to allow three substances in organic crop production and handling. Additionally, researchers may want to consider submitting a proposal for the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Interagency Program.
Watch this short video from the Corbett Report addressing five common myths about GMOs including feeding the world, pesticide use reduction, health effects of GMOs, the similarity of conventional plant breeding, and GMO labeling.
More and more, our collective activism is reshaping the world economy to punish criminal corporations and demand transparency on topics like GMOs, drug patents, animal cruelty and more. And we are winning on every front! This past week saw a flurry of news where big corporations like Merck and Monsanto were handed groundbreaking defeats thanks to consumer activism.